Steamboat Springs High School student dies in car crash Sunday

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Courtesy/LaRae Pasternak

Nicholas Pagliaro, far right, was all smiles after winning at the Little League district tournament in Granby last summer. With Nicholas in the photo are, from left, teammates Colton Pasternak, John Zalesky and Tucker Limberg.

— A Steamboat Springs High School student died Sunday in a one-car rollover crash near Walden, school officials said Monday.

Nicholas Pagliaro, 14, was a passenger in a 2005 Jeep Wrangler being driven by his mother, Peggy Pagliaro, when the vehicle drifted off the right side of Colorado Highway 127 north of Walden at about 4:10 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol. The Jeep was then steered back onto the roadway, where it began rotating counterclockwise. It then went off the opposite side of the highway and down an embankment.

Nicholas was ejected from the backseat when the Jeep landed on its front end and vaulted over onto its roof, according to the State Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peggy Pagliaro suffered only minor injures and was treated on scene, Cpl. Brian Bagley said.

The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed. Neither Peggy nor Nicholas Pagliaro are thought to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Excessive speed does not appear to have been a factor, and the road was dry at the time of the accident.

High school officials circulated an email to parents and staff this morning informing them of the situation and offering counseling resources.

High School Principal Kevin Taulman said the district has activated its crisis response team. The email sent from Taulman to school parents and staff at 11 a.m. today provides additional detail about the counseling being offered:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Last night we experienced the death of one of our students in a one car roll-over accident.  We are all deeply saddened by this loss and have our crisis management procedures in place to help your son/daughter with their reactions to this tragedy.

Our Response team is supported by many community resources that are available to talk with your son/daughter and answer their questions. Over the next several days we will have additional mental health professionals on-site to meet the needs of our student body. Our counselors will continue to be available throughout the school year to support students through this grief process and to make referrals to outside support agencies as needed.

It is normal to feel confused, extremely sad, angry, disbelief, guilt, fear, anxiety and overwhelmed when something like this happens. These are only a few of the feelings one may experience after a loss. People grieve in different ways for many different reasons and we are here to provide as much information to your son/daughter as we can about what to expect in grief and to help them to develop coping strategies.

Your son/daughter may have some unresolved feelings that he/she would like to discuss with you. You can help your child by listening carefully, remaining calm, accepting her/his feelings and answering questions honestly according to your beliefs. Please don?t hesitate to call us if you are concerned with how your child is responding to this tragedy, we are available to assist you in accessing support services for your child.

If you have any additional questions or feel the need for further assistance, you may contact any of the following people in our Counseling Department:

Linda Nolte               871-3684

Shelby DeWolfe       871-3621

Kelle Schmidt           871-3611

Mike Campbell         871-3612

Kevin Taulman         871-3696

Sincerely,

Kevin Taulman

Principal

Nicholas was a baseball and football player whose 13- to 15-year-old Little League team finished third in the state tournament this summer.

On Monday, Nick's friends and classmates spent the day remembering a boy who was small in stature but armed with a big heart.

This story will updated throughout the day as more information becomes available.

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