Steamboat Springs A little more than four hours after authorities started to crack down on drunken drivers Friday night, a 46-year-old Craig woman was killed in a one-car accident authorities believe is alcohol related.
Sherry Larine Silver died after her red truck went off the side of the road and crashed into a tree at about 10:30 p.m. six miles west of Hayden on U.S. 40.
Silver was traveling westbound in her 1986 Ford F-150 truck when she drove off the right side of the road, hit a gate post, then a street lamp and then a large tree at about milepost 101, said State Trooper Brad Keadle, who is investigating the crash. The accident happened on an evening when the Colorado State Patrol, Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Steamboat Springs Police Department were putting more officers on the road because of the St. Patrick's Day holiday.
Prior to Friday night, authorities were hopeful they would not have an alcohol-related accident over the special enforcement weekend, which will end at 3 a.m. Monday.