Mountain Vista graduate dies in vehicle rollover

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Nicole Weber, a 21-year-old graduate of Mountain Vista High School described as a “one-of-a-kind soul,” died in a single-vehicle rollover crash that also sent the driver and passenger to the hospital.

Colorado State Patrol responded to the crash on U.S. Highway 40 near milepost 123, about two miles east of Milner County, at 4:10 p.m, according to a news release. A black, 2008 Jeep, driven by 21-year-old Keyan Pesaran of Boulder, was traveling eastbound when it went off the left side of the road, hit a steel post marking the road’s edge and continued down an embankment. The Jeep then traveled up an embankment and rolled several times before landing on its wheels.

Weber was ejected from the rear seat and pronounced dead at the scene, the state patrol said. The front seat passenger, Shannon Cook, 21, of Boulder, had to be extricated from the vehicle. Pesaran and Cook suffered serious injuries and were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Wendy Strait, counselor at Mountain Vista High School, described Weber, who graduated in 2012, as a phoenix – she battled difficult times, as most high school students do, but she continued to flourish as the years went by, Strait said.  And she spread light to everyone around her.

Weber’s senior quote from Mountain Vista High read, “If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,” by the country band, Rascal Flatts.

The quote perfectly suited Weber, Strait said.

“She was a friend to many different groups in the school,” Strait added. “She really was a one-of-a-kind soul.”

After graduating high school, Weber attended the University of Kansas for one year before transferring to University of Colorado-Boulder. She always wanted to attend Boulder, said Strait.

The crash remains under investigation by Colorado State Patrol. The driver is cooperating with officials and charges are pending, the state patrol said. 

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