1 killed in crash on Rabbit Ears Pass
July 7, 2012
The Colorado State Patrol says it appears a mechanical issue caused a car to crash and kill a 51-year-old Littleton woman, who was a passenger.
The crash was reported at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday near mile marker 149 on Rabbit Ears Pass.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Saturday night that he had been unable to contact the woman's family, so he could not release her name. He said someone who knew the victim was driving to Denver to try and contact a family member.
The crash occurred east of the West Summit on Rabbit Ears.
According to a news release, the Jeep Scrambler was traveling west, left the road and rolled down an embankment on the eastbound side of U.S. Highway 40.
The male driver, 39 year-old Dax Gergen, from Englewood, was able to get out of the car and walk about 100 feet to U.S. 40 on his own.
Gergen was wearing his seatbelt, but the woman was not. She was ejected from the car as it rolled down the embankment.
Gergen was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and later released. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The Colorado State Patrol reminds all motorists to wear their seatbelts," the news release stated.
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