Highway 52 Accident Proves Fatal for Woman and Child
The worst word one can hear in relation to a motor vehicle accident is the word “fatality.” I would venture to say that the worst phrase would, by extension, be “multiple fatality.”
These very words apply to an unfortunate auto accident Monday afternoon. According to the State Patrol, at roughly 1:35 p.m., on Highway 52 near Weld County Road 21, an eastbound 2002 Ford Crown Victoria collided with a westbound 2003 Dodge Neon.
Alan Gathright, a content producer for ABC 7 News, reported on the aftermath:
Coverage by the AirTracker7 helicopter circling the accident scene showed the badly crushed front of the compact Dodge, while the white Ford sedan ended up in the roadside grass. Highway 52 was closed in both directions between Weld County Roads19 and 21 as trooper investigated the crash.
At the time of Gathright’s report there was only one fatality, the woman driver. Unfortunately, a later report by the Web staff at KDVR Fox 31 updates us on further tragedy:
One person was pronounced dead on scene. Two children were airlifted to Children’s Hospital where a boy was pronounced dead. The other child remains hospitalized.
No word has been given on the relationship between the woman the children — whether she was their mother, babysitter, or caretaker. At this point, the investigation is ongoing, although drugs and alcohol are being considered as possible factors in the crash.