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Driver in Fatal I-70 Crash May Face Charges

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GraveyardYou never know when you might be involved in an auto accident. You look down at your cell phone, or look over at your friend in the passenger seat, and suddenly your ears are filled with the sound of smashing metal. For two Glenwood Springs men, that sound was very loud last Friday. For one of them, it was the last sound he ever heard.

Ryan Budnick, an ABC 7 News Assignment Producer, gives us a thumbnail of the accident :

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Heather Cobler said a Honda Odyssey minivan was traveling east on I-70 between Vail Pass and Copper Mountain Resort when it lost control and rolled.

The van was in the left lane but veered off the right side of the highway at about 2:55 p.m.

19 year-old Macrio Perez Mellin, a resident of Glenwood Springs, lost his life in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 35 year-old Omar Reyes, also of Glenwood Springs, suffered no injuries in the accident. Officials are currently waiting on toxicology test results on Reyes so they can determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Even if the answer is no, Reyes still may face potential legal action, as the Glenwood Springs’ Post Independent reports:

A Glenwood Springs man may face criminal charges of careless driving resulting in death following an accident on Interstate 70 near Copper Mountain the afternoon of Jan. 28 in which a passenger in his car was killed.

Officer Cobler has stated that excessive speed and distracted driving are being investigated as factors in the crash.

Image by wikenden (Don LaVange), used under its Creative Commons license.


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