with Kapko. Hartwell's mother, Kathy Hartwell, said her son sustained
a broken thumb.
According to Susan Medina, spokeswoman for the police department
in Arvada -- the Denver suburb where the accident took place -- the
accident occurred when police were chasing a stolen red Honda. When
the Honda merged from one freeway onto another, it collided with two
other vehicles -- a Ford truck and the Toyota 4Runner that was
carrying Kapko and his friends.
Medina said the men in the Honda -- Matthew Wartena, 20, of
Arvada, Colo., and a 16-year-old male -- have been arrested on
suspicion of vehicular homicide and numerous other charges.
Kapko, who was fondly referred to by friends and family as Bubba,
was a well-known football player at Estancia.
"We'd just like to say we appreciate the outpouring of love and
support from all of our friends," said Kapko's older brother, Matt
Kapko. He said friends stopped by throughout the day to give their
support to the family.
"I've never felt so bad in my whole life," said Mike Cahill, one
of Kapko's friends. "He was not just my friend, he was part of my
Cahill said everybody in Costa Mesa knew Kapko.
"He never seemed like he was in a bad mood," Cahill said. "He was
always a fun guy to be around."
Kapko left for college at Johnson & Wales a couple of weeks ago.
Helen Ramsay of San Diego, a Kapko family friend, said she had
known him since he was a baby. Ramsay drove up from San Diego to help
the Kapko family and to be with them.
"He was loved by all," Ramsay said. "He could always bring a smile
to your face.... He was just an all-around great guy."
She said the family is flying to Denver in the morning and has not
yet made arrangements for a funeral.
Brian Bubba Kapko is survived by his parents, Rick and Nancy
Kapko, and his older brothers, Matt and Adam Kapko.
* LINDSAY SANDHAM is the news assistant. She can be reached at
(714) 966-4625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.