State Trooper reports
Highway 9 accident – August 12
On Saturday, August 12, at approximately 4:11 p.m. the Colorado State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash on HWY 9 which resulted in death to one occupant and injuries to several others.
A 2015 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling northbound on Highway 9 near mile point 128. A 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 pulling a trailer was also traveling northbound, behind the Equinox. The Equinox slowed and drove on to the northbound shoulder. The Silverado drove into the southbound lane to give the Equinox ample space. The Equinox proceeded to make a U-turn into the southbound lanes. The front of the Silverado collided with the driver’s side of the Equinox.
The driver of the Equinox, Brandon Wilson, a 30 year old male of Denver was taken to Middle Park Medical Center with minor injuries. Upon release from the hospital Wilson was transported to the Grand County Jail and booked in on the following charges: DUI, Unsafe U-Turn at Intersection, Vehicular Homicide, 2 Counts of Vehicular Assault.
The Equinox was occupied by four passengers. Brian Ward, a 33 year old male of Denver died in the crash. Christopher Palamar, a 34 year old male of Denver was transported to Middle Park Medical Center with serious injuries. Jacob Meilach, a 35 year old male of Denver was transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center by air with serious injuries. Andrew Cline, a 31 year old male of Avon was transported to Middle Park Medical Center with moderate injuries.
The driver of the Silverado, Wyatt Vick, a 21 year old male of Hugo was transported to Middle Park Medical Center with minor injuries. His passengers, Garret Arnold, 21 year old male of Strasburg and Samantha Winterberg, a 19 year old female of Limon were transported to Middle Park Medical Center with minor injuries.
Rabbit Ears Pass – August 15
On Tuesday August 15, 2017, at approximately 2:12 PM, Troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 40 near milepost 159 in Grand County, Colorado. This location is approximately 24 miles west of Kremmling, Colorado.
A silver 2002 Chevrolet K2500 Pickup driven by Jason Christensen 36 of White Rocks, UT, was traveling eastbound on Colorado Highway 40 near milepost 159. Christensen drove off the left side of the road at a high rate of speed for an unknown reason.
The Colorado Department of Transportation had paving equipment parked on the wide paved shoulder. CDOT asphalt paving roller was parked on the far edge of the pull out. The silver 2002 Chevrolet collided head on with the parked paving roller. The driver and only occupant Jason Christensen was pronounced dead at the scene.
Assisting Agencies: Grand County SO, Kremmling Fire, Grand County EMS, CDOT, and Grand County Coroner.
Tabernash – August 16
On Wednesday August 16, 2017, at approximately 01:15 AM, Troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on Colorado Highway 40 near milepost 219 in Grand County, Colorado. This location is approximately 7 miles east of Granby, Colorado.
A blue 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Levii Norwood 27 of Wheat Ridge, CO, was traveling eastbound on Colorado Highway 40 near milepost 219. Norwood lost control skidded off the left side of the road and rolled multiple times. The Tahoe came to final rest on its driver side. Norwood was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected during the crash. The driver and only occupant Levii Norwood was pronounced dead at the scene. Assisting Agencies: Grand County SO, East Grand Fire, Grand County EMS, CDOT, and Grand County Coroner. —————————
The crashes are currently under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol.
The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind drivers to always wear seatbelts, and don’t drink and drive