Boy Scouts from Woodland Park killed in Wyoming crash

7:49 PM, Jul 1, 2012   |    comments
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The three teenagers were students at Woodland Park High School, an area evacuated during the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Paul Kekich, 16, would have been a junior at Woodland Park High School. Alex Ragan and Nick Naples, 17, would have been seniors this fall.

The Boy Scouts were traveling in a Honda Element, which was one of three vehicles taking a group of Scouts back to the Colorado Springs area.

Two other vehicles transporting the Scouts were not involved in the crash. Jason Kekich, 14, the brother of Paul Kekich, was in one of the cars not involved in the crash.

"I just keep feeling like I want to be woken up and it's yesterday morning," said Jason, also part of Troop 230 from Woodland Park.

Family members say Paul was a star baseball player. They say he skied, played basketball and made good grades.

"He was the best," said his father Gary. "He was the best there could be."

"To me he was perfect," Paul's mom said. "I'm going to miss him so much."

"Scouting prepares you for a lot of things," said Mike Hale, with Pike's Peak Council. "Scouting doesn't prepare you for this."

Their troop leader, who was driving the car, and a three-year-old in the RV were also killed.

Four others were injured in the crash on Highway 120 on Saturday near Thermopolis in north-central Wyoming. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The crash is still under investigation. According to a school district press release, Richard Kleiner was the driver and a volunteer scout member.

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