WPHS sophomore dies in traffic accident

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Woodland Park High School students are reeling from the loss of a classmate in an early morning accident on Feb. 1. Sophomore Kevin McDonald, 15, was killed in a two-vehicle accident that happened in the intersection in front of Pikes Peak Regional Hospital.

Kevin McDonald's 17-year-old brother, whose name has been withheld, was driving the 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee and younger sister Heather McDonald, 14, was also a passenger. The McDonald family lives in Divide and all three attended the high school.

The accident is being investigated by Colorado State Patrol. State Trooper Josh Lewis said the second vehicle was a 2007 Lincoln Navigator that was driven by 60-year-old Laverne Benner. Benner was turning left into hospital while the McDonald vehicle was coming through the intersection. No charges have yet to be filed against the drivers involved in the collision.

Woodland Park RE-2 School District provided grief counseling over the weekend and a memorial is growing at the site of the accident as students and community members leave mementos

A parent information meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Woodland Park High School auditorium. A speaker from Pikes Peak Hospice will provide information on how to support a child through grief. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A memorial fund for Kevin McDonald has been started at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Woodland Park.

The school district and the community are no strangers to tragedy. Last summer, three Woodland Park students died in an accident on the way home from a Boy Scout camp in Wyoming.