Stockton student dies in Colorado crash

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Carly Sansone Carly Sansone A Richard Stockton College sophomore who played volleyball for the college was among three people who died when their car careened off an embankment in Colorado on Saturday, July 5.

Carly Sansone and three others were riding in a vehicle headed south on Colorado Highway 145 near Ophir, about 6 miles south of Telluride.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m., according to published reports. Sansone, 21; Garrett LaForce, 26, and Edward Bollman, 23, died in the crash. Weston Gleiss was the only survivor.

The 2011 Chevy Cruze went off the right side of the road and rolled several times down a steep embankment. All four occupants were believed to be wearing seatbelts, media reports stated. Sansone, who was from Port Huron, Mich., was on her way back from a camping trip and was expected to return to school and help with volleyball summer camp, according to published reports.

Stockton sent out a statement from Thomasa Gonzalez, vice president for Student Affairs.

“We are saddened by the unexpected loss of a student in our community, Carly Sansone, a sophomore sociology major,” Gonzalez said. “We express our heartfelt sympathy to Carly’s family and friends.”

The school is offering counseling to students and staff.

The college is encouraging everyone who wishes to speak with a counselor to call the Counseling Center at 609-652-4722. 

The center has summer hours in J-204, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.- 5:15 p.m. After hours counseling services can be reached by calling 609-849-8473 or 609-289-0726.

According to the statement from Gonzalez, “College staff has been in contact with the Sansone family and students impacted by this tragic loss, to express sympathy and offer support.”

Information regarding the scheduling of services will be made available once the wishes of the family are known.


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