One woman dies in accident

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A 36-year-old woman died Sunday night in a two-vehicle accident about 26 miles east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40.

At about 6:40 p.m., Lisa Beals, 36, of Lakewood, died in the accident, and her 6-year-old daughter, Kori Beals, was seriously injured.

Beals was driving east on U.S. 40, when she traveled off the right side of the road, rotated her 1996 Saturn wagon and skidded into the westbound lane, a Colorado State Patrol report indicates. Beals struck the front of a 1999 Toyota Camry, which was traveling in the westbound lane.

The accident occurred a few miles east of the Walden turnoff on U.S. 40 and on a steep assent on Rabbit Ears Pass. Traffic was stopped for about 15 minutes while emergency vehicles responded to the scene.

Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock pronounced Beals dead at the scene of the accident. Beals' daughter, Kori Beals, who was riding in the front seat, suffered head injuries. She was taken by ambulance to Kremmling Memorial Hospital and then flown to The Children's Hospital in Denver, the State Patrol report indicates.

Kori Beals remains in critical condition at The Children's Hospital, a hospital spokesperson said.

The driver of the Toyota Camry, Gabriela Arnold, 19, of Boulder, and passenger, Elani Asaf, 19, of Princeton, N.J., suffered minor injures and were taken to Kremmling Memorial Hospital. Arnold suffered minor bruises, and Asaf had a laceration to the left arm. Both were treated and released from the hospital, the State Patrol report states.

The state patrol report indicated that all those involved in the accident were wearing seat belts, and four airbags were deployed.

The State Patrol's initial investigation suggests that both vehicles were traveling at or above the 65 mph speed limit when the accident occurred. The state patrol does not suspect drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, but is testing for them.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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