LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Lakewood High School students are mourning the loss of a senior basketball star killed in a weekend crash.
MacKenzie Forrest, 17, was headed for Regis University in the fall. She was a two-time league MVP.
Students placed flowers by the Lakewood “L” Monday morning and grieved together. Some shed tears.
“L’l Mac was extremely special to all of us in our program. Her accomplishments on the court speak for themselves. However it was her heart, passion and love that made her special. She will always be in our hearts. I will always love L’l Mac,” Forrest’s basketball coach Chris Poisson said in a statement.
Forrest died after rolling a Toyota SUV early Sunday morning on Interstate 70 near Frisco.
“An AP student, and honor student, and just a standout athlete,” Lakewood High Principal Lisa Ritchey said. “Her team, the senior class, they’re suffering. They’re struggling right now.”
The Colorado State Patrol says investigators suspect the possible use of alcohol before the crash and are conducting tests.
MacKenzie Forrest Family Statement
“We are sad to share the news of the passing of our precious daughter, MacKenzie. Early this morning, MacKenzie lost control of her car on I-70 near Frisco. The doctors here at St. Anthony’s have been trying all day to do all they could for MacKenzie. We are devastated that she is gone. MacKenzie was an amazing daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend and teammate. She made the most of her time at Lakewood High School, and was excited to be heading to play for Regis University in the fall. Now MacKenzie’s legacy will instead live on through those who knew her and those who may benefit from her selfless decision to be an organ donor. We appreciate everyone’s kindness throughout this difficult day. Information about a celebration of MacKenzie’s life will be forthcoming. Please remember her beautiful smile.”