Craig teen dies after one-car wreck


— A one-vehicle wreck Saturday resulted in the death of a 16-year-old from Craig, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.

Just before noon Saturday, a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Samuel Jesse Sheridan, 18, rolled on Moffat County Road 10 about 20 miles northwest of Maybell. The vehicle was heading east when it entered a curve to the right, skidded and then rotated clockwise and partly off the road, according to the release. It rotated twice more before rolling three-quarters, sliding and coming to rest on its right side in the road, according to the news release.

Russell Walsh, 16, of Craig was ejected. He and Sheridan were taken by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital in Craig. Sheridan sustained moderate injuries, and Walsh died from his injuries at the hospital, according to the release. Neither was wearing a seat belt, according to the CSP.

Neither drugs nor alcohol is thought to be a factor, but excessive speed is thought to have contributed to the wreck, the CSP stated in its release.


aichempty 6 years, 6 months ago

Once again, no belts, and now they're dead.

For all you kids just starting to drive, here's a reason to wear the belt that nobody ever talks about in school.

When you do get into a loss-of-control situation like this, if you are belted in, you can continue to try to gain control of the vehicle and maybe avoid an accident. If you are not belted in, you don't have a solid brace to use leverage to steer and control the brakes. Instead, you'll try to hang onto the wheel and that just makes things worse. Whichever way the momentum is throwing you, that steers the wheel in the opposite direction and only makes things worse. A swerve to the left becomes a skid and a roll. It's simple physics.

Military pilots wear a four-point harness. It's not for protection in a crash as much as it is to lock you down so you can control the aircraft during maneuvering. You can't do anything except go along for the ride when you're flopping around in the cockpit of an airplane or the inside of a car.


Kevin Haynes 6 years, 6 months ago

My condolences to the family. I can't imagine the pain you are going through right now. Please know that my family and I are praying for you.


OnTheBusGus 6 years, 6 months ago

My condolences to the family as well but Aichempty is right. Seatbelts do save lives. I always wear one and make my passengers wear their seatbelts as well.

Last week there was a horrific crash on I-80 near Green River, WY due to a rockslide that caused poor visibility. Higher speeds, more vehicles involved and no one died. Why? Seatbelts!! From the article: "All four were treated at the hospital and released, the patrol said. Everyone involved in the crashes were wearing seatbelts. Troopers on scene credit seatbelt use with preventing fatalities."


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