Teen Who Fought Drunk Driving Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver
STRASBURG, Colo. (AP) _ A young woman who organized a Students Against Drunk Drivers group after a classmate was killed in a crash died in a collision with a weaving, wrong-way driver, officials said.
Authorities are investigating whether the second driver was drunk.
Paige Kallsen, 18, who started Strasburg High School’s Students Against Drunk Drivers last year, was one of three people killed Tuesday in the two-car crash on Interstate 70 east of Denver, the Colorado State Patrol reported.
Her boyfriend, Christopher Sherrill, 20, of Byers, who was driving, also died in the crash. The couple was returning from watching a movie in Denver, which is 25 miles west of here.
The third victim was Gayle E. Doak, 38, of Bennett, the driver of the second car. The State Patrol reported that officers at the scene said Mrs. Doak’s car smelled of liquor, but blood-alcohol tests had not been completed.
Witnesses said Mrs. Doak drove for west for 41/2 miles in the east-bound lanes of I-70, and was seen weaving along the highway and nearly colliding with other cars.
Ms. Kallsen had founded her Students Against Drunk Drivers group after the death of Jennifer Batson in August 1984.
The Strasburg High School trophy case holds a plaque dedicated to Ms. Batson, placed there by Ms. Kallsen.
″I guess there will be another plaque for Paige, right next to it,″ said Gary LaBelle, a counselor at the 150-student high school.