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Highway 82 Crash Results in Fatality

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Blood on the snowA man from El Jebel lost his life Tuesday after a head-on collision on Highway 82 in Basalt. Pitkin County Coroner’s Office identified him as Jose Maximiliano Nachado Andrade, age 21. According to reports, he was on his way to work at a local restaurant at the time of the crash.

Scott Conden, a reporter for The Denver Post, brings us a few more details:

He was the sole occupant of a blue 2003 Honda Civic headed east about 2:05 p.m., according to the Colorado State Patrol’s accident report. His car hit a white 2004 Volvo XC 70 driving in the right westbound lane, the state patrol said. The driver and sole occupant of the Volvo was Susanne Lovell of Aspen, according to the state patrol. She suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.

The Colorado State Patrol has stated that they do not believe alcohol, drugs, or excessive speed to have been factors in the crash. They are still trying to determine why Andrade crossed the highway center line.

The Aspen Daily News reports the aspect of this accident that I can relate to on a personal level:

Vince Lahey, a man[a]ger at Aspen restaurant CP Burger, where Andrade was scheduled to work Tuesday, said that Andrade was ‘relatively new to winter driving’ and was not comfortable on the highway. He tried to avoid making the drive whenever possible, Lahey said.

I can understand that feeling, since this is only my second winter living with snow. For those of us not used to it, it can be quite daunting. Even the most experienced driver can lose control on the icy road, and, if you are not used to those conditions, chances of an accident amplify greatly.

Image by Anosima (Jennifer Boyer), used under its Creative Commons license.

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