Uni­ver­si­ty of Wyoming stu­dent killed on HWY 287

Sept. 6, 2010 — One Uni­ver­si­ty of Wyoming stu­dent was killed and three were injured Mon­day when the vehi­cle they were in went off High­way 287 in Col­orado short­ly before 5:30 a.m.

Killed was Ruben Nar­cisse, 19, of Mia­mi, Fla. Injured were Trey Fox, 19, of Glen­wood Springs, Colo.; C.J. Mor­gan, 18, of Auro­ra, Colo.; and J.J. Quin­lan, 19, of Everett, Wash.

The four were in a Toy­ota Tun­dra pick­up trav­el­ing north approx­i­mate­ly six miles south of the Wyoming state line when the dri­ver of the vehi­cle appar­ent­ly fell asleep at the wheel, accord­ing to the Col­orado State Patrol. Col­orado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. John Hahn said there is no evi­dence that drugs or alco­hol were a fac­tor in the crash.

Nar­cisse and Mor­gan were tak­en to the Med­ical Cen­ter of the Rock­ies in Love­land, Colo. Mor­gan remains in the hos­pi­tal there in fair con­di­tion.

Quin­lan and Fox were tak­en to Ivin­son Memo­r­i­al Hos­pi­tal, in Laramie, Wyo., where they were treat­ed and released.

All stu­dents involved in the acci­dent are on the UW foot­ball team.

The loss of any stu­dent sad­dens us immea­sur­ably,” UW Pres­i­dent Tom Buchanan says. “My con­do­lences go out to Ruben’s fam­i­ly and friends. The entire uni­ver­si­ty com­mu­ni­ty grieves his loss.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ruben’s fam­i­ly,” Ath­let­ics Direc­tor Tom Bur­man said. “Our thoughts are also with the stu­dents who were involved in the acci­dent and their fam­i­lies as well. Sad­ly, this ath­let­ics depart­ment has expe­ri­enced this kind of loss before, and we know how dif­fi­cult it is for all involved.”

Coun­sel­ing sup­port is being offered by Uni­ver­si­ty Coun­sel­ing Cen­ter pro­fes­sion­als, who are avail­able to speak to team mem­bers and coach­ing staff, as well as any UW stu­dent who seeks coun­sel­ing sup­port.

We’re reach­ing out to our entire team and coach­ing staff,” Coach Dave Chris­tensen said. “It’s a ter­ri­ble tragedy, and a ter­ri­ble loss. Our focus now is help­ing our team and staff deal with this tragedy and mak­ing sure the fam­i­lies of the young men involved know that we are here to sup­port them in any way we can.”

For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion con­tact Tim Harkins at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wyoming Ath­let­ics Depart­ment at (307) 760‑7847.

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