Teen Driver Was Almost 3 Times The Legal Limit
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – The 18-year-old driver in a fatal crash last month in Wheat Ridge was well above the legal limit for alcohol consumption.
Tyler Lovell, of unincorporated Jefferson County, had three passengers in his car when it crashed early on Nov. 6 at 28th and Oak. A coroner’s report released Tuesday by the county stated that Lovell had a blood alcohol content of 0.228.
Lovell died along with passenger Rain Walsh, 17, of Lakewood. Two others were critically injured, including Andre Lang, 19, who underwent several surgeries.
Police believe all four teenagers were at a party in a neighborhood near 13th Avenue and Pierce before the accident.
The coroner’s report also states that Lovell and Walsh were in the front seats and that they both died from blunt force trauma. They were both wearing seat belts.
People in the neighborhood where the accident happened told CBS4 they saw an empty beer box near the wreckage.
Lakewood police say the teens attended a party at an apartment in the 6600 block of W. 13th Avenue prior to the crash. They have named three people associated with the party who allegedly provided alcohol to them.
Jerry G. Sanchez, 18, (below, left), lives at the apartment and faces possible charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and underage possession of alcohol.
Julius Suarez (above, center), 26, and Tisha M. Blan (above, right), 22, both face possible charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and procuring alcohol for a minor.
So far the district attorney hasn’t filed formal charges against Sanchez, Suarez or Blan.
Lovell and the two survivors went to Lakewood High School. Walsh attended Wheat Ridge High School.