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A 16-year-old girl was killed early Saturday morning after the car she was driving was found down an embankment on Lee Hill Drive outside Boulder.

Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Ivan Alvarado said the agency received a call at 3:54 a.m. Saturday reporting that a dark green 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee had gone down a deep embankment in the 2000 block of Lee Hill Drive. When investigators responded, the girl was dead at the scene.

Alvarado did not have any immediate information that drugs, alcohol or speed were contributors to the crash.

“Not as yet,” Alvarado said. “There are no factors” known. “We’re obviously looking at everything, but I have no indication of any factors” that might have caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Alvarado also could not state whether the girl was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident.

“It’s not known” who initially found the car, Alvarado said, and he did not know of any witnesses to the episode. “I believe the crash was just called in when somebody found the vehicle.”

The patrol did not release any information on where the victim was from, or to what state the Jeep Grand Cherokee was registered.

The Boulder County Coroner’s office, which will ultimately release an identity on the victim as well as a cause and manner of death, declined Saturday night to release any information on the case.

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