Alcohol factor in state road fatality


— Alcohol was a factor in a car accident that killed a 33-year-old Denver man in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, according to a toxicology test.
The test shows Daniel Smith had a blood-alcohol content of 0.098 when he was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Colorado 131. Smith was partially ejected out of a rented 2000 Subaru Outback he was driving, said State Trooper Brad Keadle, who investigated the crash.
Smith's BAC was slightly below the legal driving limit of 0.10, said Routt County Coroner Doug Allen.
Keadle said he believes Smith's alcohol level contributed to the accident.
Keadle said the crash occurred between 2 and 5 a.m. and that Smith was not wearing a seat belt.
An autopsy determined Smith died of head injuries caused by the crash, Allen said.
In the course of the investigation, Keadle determined Smith had been at the Colorado Bar and Grill in Oak Creek prior to the crash.
"He was traveling from Oak Creek," Keadle said. "He was a drummer in a band that was playing at the Colorado."
Keadle said he believes Smith was traveling to a Steamboat Springs hotel where the drummer was staying.
Smith was traveling northbound on the state highway when he crashed at milepost 65, which is about four miles south of U.S. 40.
Smith apparently drove off the right side of the roadway, where the vehicle went over brush, into an embankment and rolled almost two times before it came to a stop on the driver's side, the officer said.
A motorist traveling on Colo. 131 noticed the wreck and called authorities. Keadle arrived at the scene about 5:45 a.m. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
The five-year veteran believes had Smith been wearing a seat belt he might not have been killed.


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