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BOY DIES AFTER JEEP HITS TENT – DRIVER IN ACCIDENT HAD BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL OVER LEGAL LIMIT

BOY DIES AFTER JEEP HITS TENT – DRIVER IN ACCIDENT HAD BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL OVER LEGAL LIMIT

Rocky Mountain News (CO) – Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Author/Byline: Clayton Woullard , Rocky Mountain News
Edition: Final
Section: City Desk/Local
Page: 20A
Dylan Blue was a big brother to anyone, even though he was only 10 years old.

“He had to take care of everybody,” said Dylan’s mother, Tammy Blue, 36. “That was Dylan’s job.”

His two brothers, Thomas, 7, and Daniel, 4, have lost their big brother.

Dylan was killed after he was struck by a vehicle at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday while sleeping in a tent at Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska.

His family, along with some friends, including family friend and baby sitter Krista Kohlman, 33, were spending the Fourth of July weekend at a cabin near Admiral’s Cove at the popular lake west of Lemoyne, Neb.

They had arrived at the cabin around 12:30 a.m. Saturday and set up tents outside near the beach where the children said they wanted to sleep.

About an hour later, Dylan’s father, Deron Blue, went to go four-wheeling with friends, and after their vehicle broke down, they headed back to the site.

That was when William Cordes, 20, of Lakewood, jumped into a Jeep Cherokee, drove no more than 20 feet and clipped the corner of one of the tents.

“I just remember saying, ‘. . . that was my kids’ tent,’ ” said Deron Blue.

Kohlman said Cordes was a friend of her brother’s, but did not know Dylan Blue or his family.

Keith County Attorney Jeff Eastman said Cordes had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08. Cordes was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Cordes’ parents posted $1,500 bail at the Keith County Jail Sunday morning. His arraignment is Aug. 2.

Tammy Blue said doctors told her that her son died moments after he was hit by the Jeep.

The family said a tree will be planted in Dylan’s memory at Belmar Elementary, where he would have been a fifth-grader in the fall.

“He loved school just because there was other people there,” said Deron Blue.

Tammy said Dylan loved to play soccer and watch professional wrestling and he even had plans to become a wrestler.

“He knew Deron and I had problems with bills and stuff,” Tammy Blue said, “so he would say ‘Mom it’s going to be OK because I’m going to be a wrestler someday and I’m going to buy you whatever you want.’ ”

Deron Blue said Dylan always tried to help those who struggled.

“He used to take to other underdogs and then they’d conquer it together,” he said.

Tammy Blue said while she knows what happened was an accident, she’s still angry.

“People tell me his (Cordes’) life is ruined, too, but Dylan was only 10,” she said.

She said she has no desire to speak with Cordes and doesn’t know if she will ever be able to.

Deron and Tammy said now is a time to celebrate Dylan’s life and that they have to take it slowly.

“Deron and I just live minute by minute,” Tammy Blue said.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lakewood United Methodist Church.

The family decided to donate some of Dylan’s organs.

Neither Cordes nor his parents could be reached for comment Tuesday.

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