Steamboat Springs 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.
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