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