Monday, February 27, 2012
The Colorado State Patrol on Monday identified the woman who was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Rabbit Ears Pass on Sunday as Edyta Gasiorowska, 41, of Louisville.
Gasiorowska was flown by helicopter from the accident scene to St. Anthony’s Hospital & Medical Center in Denver, where she was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.
Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said Gasiorowska’s husband, Andrzej Merta, 43, of Louisville, was driving east on U.S. Highway 40 at about 1 p.m. Sunday with Gasiorowska and their 8-year-old daughter in a Saab station wagon when Merta lost control of the vehicle on a patch of snow and ice near mile marker 154 in Grand County. The vehicle went into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a Nissan Titan pickup driven by John Withey, 42, of Steamboat Springs.
Elliot said Merta and his daughter, who was riding in the back seat, were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Merta was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon. Merta’s daughter sustained minor injuries and also was treated and released. Elliott said all of the passengers involved in the crash were wearing seat belts.
Withey was taken to YVMC and was treated and released Sunday afternoon, Elliott said.
He said Merta was cited for careless driving causing bodily injury, and Withey was cited for driving under restriction. All lanes of the highway were closed temporarily after the accident while emergency responders tended to the injured passengers. The highway was reopened before 4 p.m. Sunday after a few hours of alternating lane closures.