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Rollover Accident Near Colorado Springs: Two Passengers Injured While Driver Flees

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airliftEmergency response choppers were heard over Hanover Road, a few miles off I-25, last Sunday, in the wake of a severe car accident.

With suspicion of alcohol and/or drugs, lack of seat-belts, and a driver who fled the scene, this rollover accident stands as a cautionary tale on many levels.

Jakob Rodgers, a writer for The Colorado Springs Gazette, reports the details of the crash:

A red two-door sedan was traveling west on Hanover Road about two miles east of Interstate 25 when the driver, 21-year-old Justin Rien, lost control as the road curved right, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The car careened off the left side of the road and hit a barbed wire fence.

Despite early reports of three injured victims in the car accident, fresher data states that it was actually only two. Unfortunately, it looks like once again we find personal injuries sustained when seat-belts are neglected.

Two 19-year-old women sitting in the back seat were thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. Neither was wearing a seat belt.

Jacqueline Batulis of Pueblo was airlifted to Memorial Hospital while Yvonne Archibeque of Colorado Springs was airlifted to Penrose Hospital.

Troopers are investigating the possibility that drugs and/or alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. The fact that Rein has fled authorities and, according to KKTV’s most recent update, is still at large seems to substantiate that some sort of illicit activity was involved.

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