Locals remember Snyder

Army Corps of Engineers official died in wreck


— A Clifton man, well respected among city staff for his work on wetlands projects in and around Steamboat Springs, died last weekend in a two-vehicle collision on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Randy Snyder, 35, was headed east on U.S. Highway 40 last Sunday afternoon when a motorist headed in the opposite direction lost control of his vehicle and veered into the other lane, hitting Snyder's vehicle at an angle.

Snyder was rushed to St. Anthony's Central Hospital in Denver and died late Sunday evening of injuries sustained in the collision.

A 15-year-old youth from Craig struck Snyder's vehicle after he drove off the right side of the road and overcorrected, thus sending his vehicle counterclockwise into the opposite lane.

Police determined careless driving caused Snyder's death.

The teen-ager was not paying attention to the road, said Trooper Brad Keadle of the Colorado State Patrol.

Speed was not a factor and the incident was avoidable, he added.

A 46-year-old passenger was riding in the teen-ager's vehicle and was ejected from his seat upon impact.

He was also rushed to St. Anthony's Central Hospital.

No one was riding with Snyder.

Snyder had only recently moved to Clifton to work in the Kremmling office of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Although his time in Northwest Colorado was cut short by his untimely death, he made an impression on the people who knew him professionally in Steamboat Springs.

Snyder assisted the city of Steamboat Springs Planning Department and Regional Affordable Living Foundation on several projects that involved wetlands analysis.

He made routine site visits to Steamboat to verify wetland delineations.

"There are a fair amount of people who knew him," city planner Tom Leeson said. "He was just a really nice young guy."

Snyder's ties to the office in Kremmling proved invaluable to his associates in Steamboat Springs.

His location allowed him more insight into Northwest Colorado, said assistant planning director Tim McHarg.

"He was just more responsive to and proactive to our needs," McHarg said.

Snyder was willing to work closely with city planners on individual projects, he said."He was very well respected," McHarg said.

To reach Danie Harrelson call 871-4203

or e-mail dharrelson@steamboatpilot.com


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