Hamilton teen dies in crash
Alcohol suspected in Saturday rollover southwest of Hayden
April 23, 2006
Steamboat Springs — An 18-year-old Hamilton man died early Saturday morning in an accident on Routt County Road 67 about 20 miles southwest of Hayden.
Lucas Edmond Wiser was the passenger in a black Toyota pickup driven by Jesse Haskins, 19, of Maybell. Haskins suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg, in the accident, which Colorado State Patrol trooper Rick Kaspar said occurred at about 2 a.m.
Kaspar said Haskins was northbound on C.R. 67 — a rough, winding dirt road near the Indian Run State Wildlife Area — when he drove off the road down a steep embankment, rolling the truck two-and-a-half times.
Wiser was ejected from his seat during the rollover and was found partially beneath the truck, Kaspar said. Deputy Routt County Coroner Mitch Locke pronounced Wiser dead at the scene at 9:45 a.m.
Kaspar said Haskins climbed out of the truck after the accident and crawled nearly half a mile from the crash site. Passersby found him more than four hours after the crash. Kaspar said Haskins made a makeshift splint for his broken leg out of a stick and clothing.
West Routt Fire and Am—-bulance transported Haskins to The Memorial Hospital in Craig for treatment. Hospital spokeswoman Pam Thompson said Sunday that Haskins has been released from the hospital.
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Haskins would not answer questions or make a statement about the accident when interviewed by patrol troopers, Kaspar said. Haskins could face felony vehicular homicide charges, Kaspar said.
“We’re continuing to investigate this crash,” he said.
Kaspar said Haskins and Wiser likely were attending a party Friday night in a remote section of the wildlife area, a mile away from the parking spot for an off-road vehicle trail. Thirty to 50 people — many younger than 21 — from Moffat and Routt counties may have attended the party, Kaspar said.
The State Patrol believes alcohol and/or drugs played a role in the accident, which occurred less than two miles from the party.
When officers found Haskins, they “saw indications of recent alcohol and/or drug use,” Kaspar said.
The town of Hamilton is 13 miles south of Craig. Maybell is 30 miles west of Craig.
Wiser and Haskins graduated from Moffat County High School last year.