Three Dead in Two Motorcycle Accidents Saturday in Pueblo
Last Saturday was a bad day for those on two wheels as two separate motorcycle accidents in Pueblo, Colorado, claimed three lives. All three were driving or riding motorcycles while the survivors were in automobiles. It was the kind of day that reminds you just how vulnerable you can be on a bike, and why it is imperative that you never drive intoxicated.
Fox 31 KDVR in Denver reports the identities of those involved in the first accident as a 48-year-old Raymond Quintana and a 46-year-old Ramona Quintana. A 34-year-old Ruben Jimenez-Marquez was taken into custody and is facing charges. The Quintanas died when their motorcycle was struck by Jimenez-Marquez’s truck. Authorities suspect alcohol was a factor. In addition, Jimenz-Marquez was carrying no license or insurance and is also suspected of being in this country illegally.
In a separate motorcycle accident late Saturday, Steven Trujillo, 41, died after a vehicle reportedly turned in front of him at Prairie and Mesa avenues.
In an affidavit by police Cpl. Paul Heblinger, Abran Marquez was under the influence of marijuana when he hit Trujillo, who was driving in the inside lane of northbound Prairie.
The affidavit said Marquez was stopped at the intersection at a green light and waited for a vehicle to pass in the outside lane and another vehicle to turn in front of him into the Sunset Shopping Center.
‘He said the motorcycle came out of nowhere,’ the affidavit said. ‘Marquez admitted to smoking a joint saying he is on medical marijuana.’ […]
It is worthy of note that intoxication seems to have been a factor in both these instances. Hardly a surprise, yet people keep doing it. In the case of our survivors, they will be facing the court system soon. Right now they are awaiting bail, as Bonham notes:
Both Marquez and Jimenez-Marquez were arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and both were being held in Pueblo County jail Sunday in lieu of $250,000 bail each.
No matter which way things go when these cases reach the court, one thing is certain — it won’t bring back those who were lost. Drive safely!