The names of three Slovakian women killed Thursday in a car accident near Green Mountain Reservoir were released by the Colorado State Patrol on Friday.
Miriana Feketova, 21, Nina Huskova, 22, and Monika Grigova, 23, died from injuries suffered in the accident. The driver, Juraj Polerecky, 22, and another passenger, Gabriel Stasko, 22, survived the accident.
All five were from Slovakia, though earlier reports stated they were thought to be from the Czech Republic. All had been working in Steamboat Springs.
Polerecky was being held at the Summit County Jail on Friday night in lieu of $3,000 bond. He was charged with three counts of careless driving resulting in death.
Seasons at the Pond co-owner Bill Lepper confirmed that Grigova and Feketova had been working at the restaurant for a few weeks before the accident, busing and waiting tables.
Lepper said he and his wife are setting up a fund for friends of the victims through Alpine Bank. They also are organizing a benefit dinner to take place Aug. 3 or 4.
The women's funerals will be in Slovakia, and many of their friends in Steamboat Springs will want to attend, Lepper said. He hopes the fund and dinner raise enough money to soften the financial burdens for the victims' friends.
"I still have three (Slovakian) girls working here," Lepper said. "They're devastated."
Lepper said the Slovakian residents he employs have two or three jobs.
"They work so hard. They do such a good job," he said.
Other businesses that employed the girls or their friends have offered to help with the fund and dinner, Lepper said. People interested in making donations can call Marty Lepper at 871-7411.
Yacht Club owner Morten Hoj said Grigova had worked at his restaurant for about a month.
"She was such a great employee," he said. "We're sad she's gone."
Stasko also works at the Yacht Club.
Employees of the Steamboat Grand Resort and Hotel confirmed that Huskova had worked at the front desk of the hotel for a few weeks before the accident. Stasko also works as a cook at the hotel.
No information was available about the driver, Polerecky.
A 1999 Kenworth tanker truck hit the rear of the 1993 Mercury Tracer driven by Polerecky about 9:15 a.m. Thursday, according to Colorado State Patrol. Both vehicles were headed southbound on Colorado Highway 9 about 16 miles north of Silverthorne.
The tanker moved into the northbound lane to pass several vehicles, including the Tracer, when the Tracer swerved in front of the truck, possibly trying to pass as well, Colorado State Patrol Capt. Ron Prater said. The truck was going faster than the Tracer, and the truck driver was not able to stop before hitting it, he said.
The Tracer rolled several times, and the three women, all of whom were riding in the back seat without seat belts, were ejected from the car. The men, who were sitting in front, were wearing seat belts.
A Flight for Life helicopter transported Feketova to Saint Anthony's Central Hospital in Denver. She died on arrival at 1:50 p.m. Grigova was taken by ambulance to the Summit County Medical Center, she also died upon arriving at the hospital at 11:16 a.m. Huskova was pronounced dead at the scene.