Soroco student remains in critical condition |

Soroco student remains in critical condition

Zach Fridell

A Soroco High School sophomore remains in critical condition in a Denver hospital after police say he was hit by a car Friday night on Colorado Highway 131.

Rebecca Wood, the boy’s mother, said Monday that her son is in a chemically induced coma with a broken veterbra, swelling in his brain and other injuries. Wood said her son, who she identified as 17-year-old Josh Ford, is in critical but stable condition.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, Ford was hit by an unknown vehicle at about 11:30 p.m. Friday on Colo. 131 just south of the entrance to Soroco High School in Oak Creek. Trooper Rick Kaspar said investigators suspected that Ford was laying in the northbound lane of the highway when he was hit.

Wood disputes that account. She said her son’s injuries are more consistent with being hit by a sharp object and being thrown to the ground. She suggested he might have been hit by a truck’s side-view mirror. Wood confirmed that alcohol was found in her son’s system; police previously had indicated the teen was intoxicated. She said he wasn’t passed out at the time of the accident, as police have suggested.

Yampa resident Steve Padilla, 19, was with Ford when the accident occurred. According to Kaspar, Padilla told investigators he thought the vehicle may have been a white pickup. Padilla and Ford apparently were headed home from a party in the 400 block of Grant Avenue in Oak Creek.

The State Patrol is the lead investigating agency on the accident. Trooper Brett Hilling wasn’t available for comment Monday, and Sgt. Chad Dunlap said he had no updates on the case.

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Ford lives in McCoy with his father, his mother said. He transferred to the South Routt School District last year. Rebecca Wood lives in Pueblo.

A counselor was made available Monday to Soroco High School students who wanted to talk about the accident. Principal Dennis Alt said five or six students took the opportunity to speak with the counselor.

“Students were definitely concerned today, but they were also able to go about business as they needed to,” Alt said.

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