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Alleged teen driver in crash that killed two friends will be charged as adult

Family remembers teen killed in crash

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The teen who was allegedly behind the wheel of a car that crashed on Labor Day last year, killing two teens, will be charged as an adult.

The decision to charge Marshal Gregory as an adult was made on May 11, 2015. Gregory was 17 at the time of the crash.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 previously withheld Gregory's name because he is a minor.

There were four teens in the car when Gregory ran a stop sign, lost control and crashed, according to investigators.

The accident happened near the intersection of Hodgen Road and Roller Coaster Road in Black Forest at around 1 a.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014.

A preliminary accident report released by the Colorado State Patrol said that Gregory was going 80 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone when he failed to stop at a stop sign. It said the car went airborne three times before landing in an embankment, crashing through a fence and colliding with some trees.

Three of the four teens were wearing seatbelts. One of the boys who died, Beau Begier, 17, was thrown from the car.

Gregory was under the influence of alcohol according to investigators.

Ryan Pappas, 18, and Beau Begier, 17, both of Monument, died in the crash. Begier's familly shared memories of Beau in an emotional interview with KRDO NewsChannel 13.

The Pappas family released this statement on the afternoon of September 4, 2014:

"The Pappas family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and prayers that we have received this last week. This is truly an amazing community! Ryan so loved all of his friends, and his very special Baseball family, as well as his new Soccer family. We are so touched by the love and support of friends and strangers alike.

Our prayer is that from this tragedy, good will come.  And that this will not remain just a senseless tragedy. Friends, love your friends enough to say "no way." This is something that Ryan had been talked to about very frequently: from making the choice to not participate, to never getting in the car with someone who has been drinking, to calling home "no questions asked." As friends and peer models, teens need to reinforce these ‘preferred alternatives,' try to ensure they are pursued, and take action if / when they are not pursued.  Please help keep each other safe in every way possible – we are all a family.

We are praying for all of the families affected by this tragedy. "OHANA" means "family." "Family" means "no one gets left behind."

 With love, gratitude, and prayers, The Pappas Family

Mitchell "Jack" Clark, 17, of Monument, was seriously injured.

Clark's parents, Ellen and Mitch Clark, released the following statement on September 4, 2014:

"We wanted to let the community know that Jack is doing well. He is listed in fair condition today and is expected to make a full recovery. We thank God for Jack's healing. We thank whoever called in the accident, the Monument Police, the Colorado State Patrol and Penrose Hospital. We are deeply touched by the kindness and support from friends, family and the Monument community...

...Our hearts break for the loss of Beau and Ryan. Our prayers are with Beau's, Ryan's and the driver's families. We pray for peace and healing."

Gregory suffered minor injuries but was later released from a hospital and taken to the Spring Creek Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs.

Authorities said the boys attended Palmer Ridge High School together until Gregory moved to Parker and was attending school there.

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