Former resident dies in car accident

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A memorial service will be held Monday in Maryland for a former Steamboat Springs resident killed in a car accident Sunday in Summit County.

Lauren Michelle Rupp, 25, of Westminster, Md., was killed when the van she was driving south on Colorado Highway 9 near Heeney ran through a guardrail and slid off the mountainside, toppling onto the ice of Green Mountain Reservoir, according to an accident report from the Colorado State Patrol.

The van was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred, according to the report. The vehicle was reported to police at about 8 a.m. Sunday, but the investigation has yet to determine how long the vehicle had been there, according to the report. There were no witnesses.

Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson said Rupp likely died of trauma to her neck.

Rupp lived in Steamboat Springs from November 2001 through August 2004. She worked a variety of jobs including stints with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Party Smart and Bud Werner Memorial Library, said her mother, Barbara Rupp of Westminster.

Friends said Rupp enjoyed the outdoors and competing in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series and the Steamboat Springs Running Series. She left Steamboat last August to attend law school in Rhode Island.

Barbara Rupp said her daughter left law school last fall and had taken a road trip West. Friends in Steamboat said Rupp had planned to visit in January.

"She was very spunky," Barbara Rupp said of her daughter. "She went off to Grinnell College in Iowa and made the trip back and forth by herself many times. She loved nature and the outdoors."

The memorial service is at 1 p.m. Monday at Witzke Funeral Home in Catonsville, Md. Memorials may be sent in care of the funeral home at 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228.

Barbara Rupp said her daughter will be cremated and that the family plans to visit Steamboat this summer to spread her ashes here.

"She loved Colorado," Barbara Rupp said. "She really liked the people there."

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