UPDATE: Names Released - Boy Scouts From Fire-Ravaged Town Die in Wyoming Crash

By: The Associated Press & 10/11 News Email
By: The Associated Press & 10/11 News Email

The Woodland Park School District in Colorado Springs, says 16-year-old Paul Kekich, 17-year-old Nick Naples, and 17-year-old Alex Ragan died in Saturday's crash. The boys were students at Woodland Park High School.

Their leader, Richard Kleiner, also died.

The four were traveling in a Honda sports utility vehicle on their way back to Woodland Park, a town ravaged in recent weeks by wildfires. Their vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a motor home.

Wyoming Highway Patrol says a 3-year-old passenger in the motor home also died.

Four others were injured in the crash on Highway 120.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Press Release June 30,2012

The investigation continues this evening as Troopers attempt to answer questions as to why 5 individuals lost their lives in a two vehicle head-on crash that happened this morning shortly
after 10:00 a.m.

A total of 9 people in two vehicles were involved in the mid morning crash approximately 33 miles north of Thermopolis on WYO 120 in Hot Springs County.

Preliminary investigation findings indicate a southbound passenger vehicle occupied by 4 individuals for reasons unknown at this time,
crossed the center line going into the northbound lanes of travel. The passenger vehicle collided head on into a northbound motor home that was pulling a passenger car.

Troopers have confirmed that all four occupants in the passenger vehicle and a 3 year old passenger in the motor home are fatalities. One occupant believed to be the driver of the motor home was transported from the scene by Life Flight helicopter to Saint Vincent Healthcare Hospital in Billings, Montana. Three passengers
in the motor home were transported by ground ambulance to Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis and one occupant in the passenger vehicle was transported by ground ambulance to West Park Hospital in Cody, however he did not survive.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol has activated it's Crash Investigation Team which consists of Troopers who are trained in crash reconstruction techniques.

The passenger vehicle was #2 of 3 vehicles transporting a group of Boy Scouts that were returning to the Colorado Springs area after
spending time at a Boy Scout camp in northwest Wyoming. The other two vehicles transporting scouts were not involved in the crash.

Names of those involved will not be released at this time. We ask that the media be patient and allow the Wyoming Highway Patrol to gather information as the Troopers progress in their investigation and allow time for the next of kin to be notified.

When more information becomes available it will be forwarded to media outlets.


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