Steamboat Springs Lorna Lou Farrow, a local shooting enthusiast and co-owner of Farrow Repair Service in western Steamboat Springs, died Tuesday after she was struck by a dump truck while checking her mailbox on U.S. Highway 40.
According to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott, the dump truck was traveling west on U.S. 40 and struck Farrow, 58, when it swerved to the right to avoid hitting a Jeep that slowed to turn left into the Riverbend Cabins. The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. in front of Farrow Repair in the 26800 block of West U.S. 40. Farrow was transported to the hospital in critical condition. She died at about 2:30 p.m., Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said.
Friends remembered Farrow as a strong-willed and caring woman.
"There wasn't anything she wouldn't do for anybody," said Judd Jacobs, a former mechanic at Farrow Repair. "She was unbelievably friendly."
The Jeep was driven by Maggie Warner, 25, of Steamboat. She was not injured in the accident. The dump truck driver, James Stackhouse, 60, of Hayden, sustained minor injuries. Stackhouse and the owner of the JMG Transport dump truck declined to comment.
A Colorado State Patrol news release states that Stackhouse "did not act in time and had to aggressively brake and swerve to the right to avoid striking the Jeep. : Drug and alcohol use are not believed to be contributing factors in this crash, however, inattentive driving is likely the main cause of this crash."
"The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed yet," Elliott wrote in an e-mail.
Farrow ran Farrow Repair Service with her husband, Gary, and brother-in-law Dusty. Gary and Dusty Farrow's father, G.N. "Bo" Farrow, opened the business as a welding shop in 1955, and the business evolved to include tractor sales and repairs. Lorna Farrow managed part sales for the business.
Outside of work, Lorna Farrow was an avid shooter, and friends said she was very active with the Routt County Rifle Club, particularly when it came to getting women involved in the sport.
"I want women to come out to discover how much fun it is," Lorna Farrow told the Steamboat Pilot & Today in 2002. "Until they lose the intimidation factor, they aren't comfortable shooting guns. : If handled correctly, guns aren't dangerous."
Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger, a member of the Rifle Club, said Lorna Farrow was "very active in inspiring other women to learn how to shoot" and was instrumental in organizing events at the gun range.
John Rogan, a friend who also knew Lorna Farrow from the Rifle Club, said she was a strong-minded woman who accomplished anything she put her mind to.
"She was a great friend, and when she asked you to do a job, she expected you to do it," Rogan said. "And she took on an inordinate amount of work herself."
Lorna Farrow originally was from southern Colorado. She and Gary Farrow did not have any children. Family members could not be reached Tuesday, and details about services were not available.