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3 teens from Salina military school killed in Colorado crash

Akinwumi “A.J.” Ricketts, a 16-year-old student at St. John’s Military School in Salina, died in a Colorado car crash Tuesday.
Akinwumi “A.J.” Ricketts, a 16-year-old student at St. John’s Military School in Salina, died in a Colorado car crash Tuesday. Courtesy photo

CONIFER, Colo. – Three teens from a Kansas military school are dead and another was injured after their pickup crashed in the foothills outside Denver.

The Colorado State Patrol said the pickup, driven by 18-year-old Jake Whitting of Glen Head, N.Y., lost control and went off the road, crashing into a creek south of Conifer, Colo., on Tuesday.

Whitting was in the car with 19-year-old John Yoder of Denver, 16-year-old Akinwumi “A.J.” Ricketts of Nigeria and 17-year-old Marshall Otter of Ulysses, Kan., according to a news release from St. John’s Military School in Salina.

Whitting, Yoder and Ricketts died in the crash; Otter was taken to a Colorado hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive, according to the release.

Whitting had just graduated from the school on Saturday as class valedictorian, and the others were current students.

Contributing: Associated Press

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