State Patrol in collision

Pilot & Today reporter struck driving on Rabbit Ears Pass

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— A Colorado State Patrol vehicle driven by Trooper Melissa Remner collided Saturday morning with a Subaru Outback driven by Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Dave Shively, 25. The accident occurred as both vehicles were traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 40, ascending Rabbit Ears Pass.

Remner and State Patrol Sgt. Chad Dunlap, who investigated the incident, could not be reached for comment Sunday.

No injuries resulted from the accident. No other vehicles were involved.

Shively said at about 8:15 a.m. Saturday his vehicle was in the passing lane on Highway 40 and Remner's vehicle was in the right lane, when Remner suddenly slowed her vehicle and attempted a U-turn.

"I'm guessing that she clocked someone coming down the pass," Shively said Sunday. "She flipped a U-turn directly in front of me, into the left lane. It came out of nowhere."

Shively said he made a "split-second" decision to swerve into the westbound lane, given a lack of oncoming traffic and an inability to avoid Remner by swerving to the right.

"If I had gone right, I would have either T-boned her directly or clipped the back of her car," Shively said. "In that split second, I figured I'd go left into the oncoming lane, thinking maybe she would see me and stop her U-turn."

Shively said Remner had nearly completed the U-Turn when the passenger-side bumper of her vehicle collided with the front passenger side of Shively's vehicle, significantly damaging a wheel, axle and door panel.

Both cars were able to pull onto the shoulder and eventually leave the scene.

- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

steamvent 7 years, 8 months ago

Well, well, well ... finally questionable activity by our local contingent of the CSP gets reported in the newspaper. Too bad it took the involvement of a reporter in an incident to make it happen. On Tuesday, October 19, 2004, I reported by email an incident to the paper and not so much as a return inquiry occured. On that date, while waiting at a red light in the right hand southbound lane of highway 40 at the intersection with Walton Creek Rd., with traffic at all approaches to the intersection, a state patrol officer ran through a red light southbound at a high rate of speed and accelerating. He did have his lights flashing but no siren. Later that morning, I had the opportunity to query the same officer about procedures while blowing red lights, particularly at high rates of speed, and politely suggested a siren might have been appropriate. I thought the trooper was going to come over the counter at me as he made a significant aggressive move, while indignantly informing me that "his manual says he doesn't have to and that he is a professional and didn't appreciate me giving him advice." I suggested in my email that when the trooper kills someone in our community while only doing the minimum, perhaps he could check his manual on how to defend himself and start a new career. Guess the paper is squeamish about reporting such things unless it involves one of their own. Just glad the reporter wasn't hurt, or worse.

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ihatestupidpeople 7 years, 8 months ago

oh buzz off what was he doing passing a cop car that slowed all of a sudden what if there was a large boulder in the road that he was about ready to hit head on. are you stupid for passing a cop car. just think about how many mile the troopers put on in a yr proly over 60,000 or more. and then think about how many you put on and how many accidents you almost get in or are in. this was proly her first crash of her state patrol carrer.

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ihatestupidpeople 7 years, 8 months ago

Thank you davinci way to stand up for us people that work oin public saftey these idiots of routt county need to sit down and shut up

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JazzSlave 7 years, 8 months ago

Let's say she was responding to a "life & limb" call. The accident prevented her from getting there. No more than 5 seconds spent checking her mirrors would have spared all involved the headache, and not appreciably delayed her response time. It sounds to me as though she was careless.

I'm glad no one was hurt.

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ihatestupidpeople 7 years, 8 months ago

how about the repoter was in her blind spot ever think about that. and did dave get paid to report on this seeing as how it is not a spts. event. and what the heck was he doing passing a patrol car any ways

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JazzSlave 7 years, 8 months ago

There's a way to check the blind spot: look over your freakin' shoulder. And since when is it illegal to use the passing lane to pass ANY vehicle - patrol or civilian?

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ihatestupidpeople 7 years, 8 months ago

not say that it is illegal to pass in a passing lane but if you see someone or something hit its brake do you just go flying pass it. and you dont need to tell us how to drive. i have put on over 400,000 thousand miles in my carrer and have only had one crash and it was when i was a rookie.

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JazzSlave 7 years, 8 months ago

ihatestupidpeople:

Reading comprehension isn't your strong suit, is it? The reporter's account of the incident describes the patrolwoman's maneuver as "sudden". Presumably, he was already on top of her when she decided to flip the u-turn - without bothering to check for other vehicles nearby. The speed limit there is what... 50+? Familiar with the concept of "response time"? How about "defensive driving"?

And maybe you can clarify where I've told you or anyone here how to drive.

Incidentally, I am SO impressed with your driving record. You're really special. Truly.

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steamvent 7 years, 8 months ago

ihatestupidpeople ... now, that is a comforting thought ... someone who chooses "i hate" as part of their handle is working in law enforcement among us. jazzslave is right, you don't read so well ... my point is not that ems isn't required to use their siren, my point was that not doing so might kill somebody ... for want of throwing a switch? If only doing the minimum required is acceptable, we are all in danger from clowns like you!

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steamvent 7 years, 8 months ago

dododavinci - same goes for you ... over puffed with your own importance.

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Hadleyburg_Press 7 years, 8 months ago

Don't you just hate it when someone who is smarter than you like the LCDR is proven correct in their "outrageous and hurtfull statements"? Maybe he is right about other things as well if you have the ability to skim the emotion off of the surface and see the logic behind the rant.... It is far easier to be wrong in a group than to be right alone.

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Scott Stanford 7 years, 8 months ago

All:

Dave Shively was not on the clock at the time of the accident. He was headed to Summit County to pick up a friend. Because the accident involved a state trooper and a Pilot & Today reporter, it made sense to report on it. But there were no injuries. Shively worked Saturday, reporting on the Soroco basketball game that night.

Scott Stanford Editor, Steamboat Pilot & Today (970) 871-4221

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Shannon Dillard 7 years, 8 months ago

There have just been several accidents (2 within 5 minutes of each other) in Oklahoma involving the same type of situations. In each case the troopers did u-turns beside another vehicle moving in the same direction. Unfortunately the results have been far worse in Oklahoma with injuries and deaths occuring. Luckily in this case no one was seriously injured but it sounds like it has brought out the worst in someone. Ihatestupidpeople, if you are in the law enforcement field I am surprised you still have a job. It sounds as if you have some severe anger problems and are unable to read very well or have a very good understanding of the law. Nowhere does it state that you cannot pass a policeman under ordinary driving conditions. The slowing of the trooper's vehicle and the u-turn were made in the same motion according to the article. I think more emphasis should be placed on the fact no one was seriously injured than on placing blame at this point and calling people names. This should be a learning experience for the trooper and others in that field and hopefully it won't escalate into numerous accidents.

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steamvent 7 years, 8 months ago

davinci ... wait, "it's not the law officers place to pick and choose whether lights or sirens are appropriate" ... hmmm, but we trust him to use judgement about when to pull his or her weapon and pull the trigger? You people scare me! What happened to "protect and serve?" You still don't get it. What's wrong with throwing two switches instead of just one? Or are we playing a game here, because "the manual says we don't have to." Did I say, you people scare me?

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fish 7 years, 8 months ago

I find it funny that some people are trying to color this as an anti-law enforcement article by the Pilot. . Accidents happen to all kinds of people. The news worthy part of the story was not that a reporter was involved in an accident ,it was the accident itself. The Pilot reports on most if not all accidents in the county. I truly don't understand why some on this forum are trying to turn it into something else.

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Scott Stanford 7 years, 8 months ago

As Fish noted, the Steamboat Pilot & Today frequently reports on accidents, based on newsworthiness. This was not a particularly serious accident, but what made it newsworthy was the involvement of a State Trooper and, to a lesser degree, a Pilot & Today reporter. It was neither negative nor positive. It's simply what happened.

When it involves people who work for us, it's best for us to err on the side of giving people information than withholding that information. Better to be accused of running a not particularly newsworthy story about one of our employees than to be accused of withholding a story involving one of our employees.

Scott Stanford editor@steamboatpilot.com (970) 871-4221/(970) 291-9278

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mkbar 7 years, 8 months ago

Making a u-turn from the right hand lane is a careless, unsafe maneuver under any circumstances. Hopefully she learned something and will now drive the next half million miles of her career without another accident.

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justmyopinion 7 years, 8 months ago

Did the trooper receive a ticket for this accident? Any normal joe blow who did the same thing would have....just wondering

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