High Speed Pursuit Leaves Teens Dead

By: Natalie Pallone
By: Natalie Pallone

Two teenagers are dead and a man from Westminster has been charged with two counts of first degree murder after an SUV fleeing from State Troopers crashed into a car on Interstate 70 near Clifton Thursday night.

The Colorado State Patrol says they received a report of a Toyota 4Runner driving erratically along Interstate 70.

Two troopers attempted to pull the SUV over, but the driver flipped them off and sped away. Troopers say at one point speeds reached 120 mph. The SUV continued to weave along the highway and authorities say it then rear ended a Saturn occupied by two teens, both 19 years old. The Saturn rolled several time ejecting both teens. Rescue crews say it was difficult to find them right away because there was so much dust and wreckage.

The Mesa County Coroner's office has indentified the two victims as Jennifer Kois, 19, of Brighton, and Jacob Brock, 19, of Eagle.

Kois and Brock were transported to St. Mary's Hospital, where both were pronounced dead a short time later.

Both were students at Mesa State College. Officials say they will be providing information on where sudents can get grief counseling.

The driver of the SUV was trapped in his vehicle. It took thirty minutes for fire crews from Clifton and Palisade to free him. He was also taken to St. Mary's with what officials say appear to be moderate injuries.

The State Patrol has identified the driver as 42-year-old Patrick Strawmatt. He has been charged with two counts of first degree murder, four counts of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, and several other charges. Officials say they're charging Strawmatt with first degree murder because he showed "extreme indifference" to life.

Tune in tonight to 11 News Colorado at 5:30 and 10:00 for the latest details.


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