GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) - Three people who died in a small plane crash at the Loveland Ski Area in Colorado earlier this month were a family from Ohio with ties to Belmont County.
The Clear Creek, Colorado Sheriff's Office identified the victims on Tuesday, July 1st as 43-year-old James Kerker, 39-year-old Amy Kerker, and 6-year-old Lucas Kerker, of Raymond, Ohio. Amy Kerker was born Amy Lynn Kemp was originally from the Barnesville area.
The family was on vacation, en route to Moab, Utah, when they crashed on a slope at the ski resort 55 miles west of Denver.
Witnesses say the plane was headed toward the Continental Divide and attempted to turn around when it appeared it didn't have enough power to clear the wall of mountains. The plane then crashed near a ski lift.
A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says investigators are gathering information to determine what caused the crash.
Kelly-Kemp-Brado and Patron Funeral Home in Bethesda is in charge of local arrangements for the family.