Colorado

Jul 31, 2010 12:25 AM by Matt Stafford

3 Penrose teens identified, classmates gear up for a tough year

State Patrol is releasing the names of the 3 Penrose teenage girls who died in a roll over accident Thursday.

18 year-old Jessica Dunovsky, 15 year-old Lacey Dunovsky and 16 year-old Abelina Gallegos all died when the Jeep they were in rolled on County Road 123, about a mile east of Highway 67.

Friday, several stopped by the site of the accident to pay tribute.

Some classmates say this will make the beginning of the school year pretty tough.

"It'll be different," says Ariana McMullen, a classmate from Florence High School who stopped by to see where the accident took place.

The neighbor whose mailbox was taken out in the accident hadn't picked up their paper Friday afternoon -- possibly because they didn't want to see what they already knew.

"It's sad," McMullen adds.

Friends came to see what was left after the dust had settled.

"I wanted to see what happened really," says Marsha James, a classmate.

The Jeep left the road and rolled several times. Two were ejected from the vehicle. State Patrol says none of the girls of them were wearing their seat belt.

The names of the victims were released Friday by State Patrol, but it didn't take that long for classmates to begin finding out.

"Everybody figured out off of Facebook," Dylan Hodges tells News First 5 while surveying the crash site.

Messages from family were what Hodges first saw, then comments from others.

"Abelina, Lacey and Jessica's name came out," Hodges says. "Everybody just started crying. Everybody knows everybody here and it was just tragic."

Classmates say it will take time to get past what happened on the side of the Fremont County road. For now they're taking the time to say goodbye.

"They'll be gravely missed, and they're good people," Hodges says.

A candle light vigil in memory of the three girls is planned for Sunday at 6 p.m. It will be at Pioneer Park.

 

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