Oak Creek woman, 50, dies

Judith Kuchta stopped breathing, was flown to Denver


A 50-year-old Oak Creek woman who stopped breathing Tuesday night outside Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek died early Wednesday morning in a Denver hospital.

About 6 p.m. Tuesday, Judith Kuchta's husband entered the drug store at 118 Main St. and told the owner, David Bonfiglio, that he was worried about his wife's condition.

"I looked at her, and I could tell this was more serious than simply not feeling well," Bonfiglio said. "She was lying on the back seat of the car, her color wasn't good, and she wasn't responding."

Bonfiglio instructed the husband to begin chest compressions on the woman and ran across the street to the residence of Theresa Kelliher, an emergency medical technician.

"I figured it was the fastest way to get someone on top of the situation who knew what they were doing," Bonfiglio said.

When Kelliher reached the woman, she began administering treatment.

"It didn't look good when I got there," Kelliher said. "It didn't look like she was going to survive, but she started to respond to our treatment."

Kelliher's husband, Dan Kelliher, called 911, and within five or 10 minutes, the ambulance and fire department arrived, Bonfiglio said. The EMT responders were able to restore a pulse to the woman, and she was brought to the hospital by ambulance, said Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup.

"I was amazed when they got a pulse back, and I saw color come back to her. They did an outstanding job of treatment," Wisecup said.

Kuchta was taken by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center and then was flown to a hospital in Denver where she died about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said.

The cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy, he said.

Traffic on Main Street was confined to one lane for about 15 minutes Tuesday night while medical responders treated Kuchta, Wisecup said.


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