FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - The Larimer County Coroner's office has released the name of the Seattle-area teen killed in a weekend tubing accident on the Poudre River.
Maximillian Lopez, 18, drowned Sunday evening after going over a low-head dam while he and his 16-year-old companion were tubing the river in the Watson Lake area of the river near Bellvue.
Maximillian Lopez lived in Kirkland, Wash., about 16 miles northeast of Seattle. His grandfather, Raul Lopez, said the teenager, who went by Max, was visiting him. They had plans to get Max a driver's license.
"Nobody should have to go through what I'm going through," he said.
The 16-year-old, who Raul identified as Max's cousin, was rescued about 100 yards upstream from where rescuers found Max. He was hospitalized at Poudre Valley Hospital but was awake and able to speak when firefighters got to him.
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