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Blackford, 28, was three-time All-American

9/4/2004

BRUSH, Colo. -- Olympic wrestling silver medalist
Sara McMann has been charged with careless driving causing death
following a crash that killed her boyfriend, the Colorado State
Patrol said Saturday.

Steven Blackford, 28, a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler at
Arizona State, died Friday when the Jeep they were in rolled off
the shoulder of Interstate 76 in northeastern Colorado, the State
Patrol said.

Both were ejected. Blackford and McMann, who was driving, were
not wearing seat belts, the State Patrol said.

McMann, 23, of Lock Haven, Pa., was hospitalized for moderate
injuries but had been released by Saturday afternoon, troopers
said.

Investigators were looking into whether speed led to the crash
about 10 miles east of Brush, about 90 miles northeast of Denver.

McMann won silver at the Athens Olympics in the 138½-pound
(63-kg) weight class before losing the championship match to
training partner Kaori Icho of Japan.

The couple had been traveling from the U.S. Olympic Training
Center in Colorado Springs to Washington D.C., where he was
attending the Columbus Law School at the Catholic University of
America.