An Air Force Academy student, 21, died in a crash

On Feb. 29, at 3:22 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol got a call about a motorcycle crash at Hwy 24 milepost 296 near Manitou Springs. A 21-year-old male student from the USAFA died at the scene.

The rider and another motorcycle were heading east on Highway 24. The student veered off during a left curve, hit a guardrail, and died. The second motorcyclist stopped to help.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The USAFA communications team is assisting the State Patrol.

In Colorado Springs, the U.S. Air Force Academy mourns the loss of two members within 48 hours.

Cadet Tristen Burton, 21, died in a motorcycle crash. Mrs. Chong Hirthler, a civilian worker, was found dead in her car.

Lieutenant General Clark praised Burton as a dedicated student and weightlifter.

Burton aimed to be a special warfare officer, studying mechanical engineering.

The Academy informed students of Burton’s passing before classes.

A fatal crash involving Burton occurred near Manitou Springs.

Authorities are investigating the crash’s cause.

Chong was a beloved member of the Mitchell Hall team.

Col. Werner described her as dedicated and caring.

Chong’s family contacted the Academy when she didn’t return home.

Emergency responders found Chong in her car.

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