Former Colorado QB injured in crash

Updated: October 21, 2003, 1:29 AM ET

DENVER -- Former Colorado quarterback John Hessler was in a coma after a car wreck and authorities were looking for two people in connection with the incident, the state patrol and family members said.

Hessler was in a coma Monday night and had lung and head injuries, family members told KUSA-TV in Denver.

Hessler was CU's starting quarterback in 1997. He is now a junior varsity football coach at Regis High School in Denver and a teacher at Brighton Middle School.

Hessler was eastbound on Interstate 76 in Denver on Sunday when his Honda was clipped from behind and spun into oncoming traffic, colliding with a pickup, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The Chevrolet Blazer that clipped Hessler's car was abandoned at the scene and investigators were looking for two people registered as the owners, the patrol said.

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