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Truck Tire Kills Women in Thornton: Husband and Daughter Witness Tragedy

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Tire35 year-old Jennifer Marie Durazo was killed in what has been called a freak accident in Thornton, Colorado last Monday. Christina Dickinson, a reporter for 9News, describes the series of events:

According to police, a semi driven by 70 year-old Terry Alan Fink of Toledo, Iowa, was going south on I-25 and lost two of its rear tires. When one of the tires hit the median, it went airborne and landed on a Toyota Camry, driven by Durazo, who was in the northbound lanes.

The tire crushed the Camry’s roofand police say Durazo was killed by the impact.

The other tire and wheel were thrown off the west side of the highway into the Orchard Town Center parking lot. According to police, it did not cause any injuries or property damage.

Many witnesses have spoken with the media and police completely shocked by this horrible accident. “You don’t expect tires to rain down from the sky,” Rachelle Sherman told 9News.

However, none of the witnesses were as profoundly devastated as Durazo’s husband and three year-old daughter, who were following behind her in a separate vehicle and witnessed this tragic event unfold right before their eyes.

Marshall Zelinger at reports that police radio transmissions indicate the truck driver was not aware of the impact behind him. He called in for help regarding his lost tandems, without any idea of the fatal accident.

No charges have been filed at this time, but an investigation is underway. Thornton Police Officer Matt Barnes told 9News, “We’ll be looking at maintenance and inspection records,” and adding,  “We’ll have certified inspectors looking at that vehicle from top to bottom to determine whether there were any issues.” The 9News reporters also state that Ray Beggs, a trucker who witnessed the accident, claimed the tires looked comparatively new and wondered whether the lug nuts had been properly tightened.

A fund has been set up in Durazo’s name. Donations can be made to the Jennifer Durazo Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo, account No. 8084.

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