Members of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue work to remove a person from a Ford SUV at Anglers Drive and U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday evening after a two-car accident. Eastbound traffic was rerouted onto Anglers Drive for about an hour while the accident was cleaned up.

Photo by John F. Russell

Members of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue work to remove a person from a Ford SUV at Anglers Drive and U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday evening after a two-car accident. Eastbound traffic was rerouted onto Anglers Drive for about an hour while the accident was cleaned up.

Woman involved in Steamboat Springs car crash dies

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— The woman who police said caused a serious car crash Thursday afternoon on South Lincoln Avenue died, and an autopsy to determine the cause of her death is pending.

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Members of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue work to remove a person from a Ford SUV at Anglers Drive and U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday evening after a two-car accident. Eastbound traffic was rerouted onto Anglers Drive for about an hour while the accident was cleaned up.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg identified the Steamboat Springs resident as Devan Renee Oates, 35.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called at about 7:10 a.m. to Oates' home at the Hillside Village Apartments off Tamarack Drive where she was pronounced dead. Ryg said Oates’ teenage daughter found her.

Ryg said Oates has two children, and Oates’ mother lives in an apartment next door. Family members attempted CPR.

Ryg said an autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

“It could be a lot of things,” Ryg said about the cause of death.

Steamboat police Sgt. John McCartin said that when Oates caused the crash Thursday, it is suspected she was under the influence of prescription drugs that had been prescribed to her.

Oates was driving west on South Lincoln Avenue with her juvenile son when McCartin said Oates turned left onto Anglers Drive and failed to yield to an oncoming minivan. The Ford Explorer Oates was driving was T-boned and rolled.

Firefighters had to extricate Oates from the Explorer.

McCartin said Oates was complaining of chest pain and was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Oates' son and one person riding in the minivan also were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Ryg said Oates suffered a concussion and leg injury, and she was released from the hospital Thursday evening. Police Chief Joel Rae said Oates submitted to a blood draw at the hospital so toxicology tests could be done.

McCartin said Oates had admitted to taking prescription drugs that had been prescribed to her. Police performed some roadside tests to help determine impairment.

“We believe that she was impaired by drugs,” McCartin said.

The investigating officer still was completing the accident report, and McCartin said he did not know what kind of prescription drugs Oates had taken.

McCartin said Oates was issued a summons to appear in court. She was suspected of driving under the influence of drugs, careless driving, child abuse and not restraining her son in a car seat.

Ryg said he might have to wait on toxicology test results before determining a cause of death. It can take about two months for those tests to be completed.

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Comments

beverly lemons 6 months ago

RIp, Renee, you left us far to soon. My condolences to the family.

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Scott Wedel 6 months ago

Besides being a terrible tragedy, it is terribly written article. It should not take reading several paragraphs to find out when she died. Please fix the first sentence to

The woman who police said caused a serious car crash Thursday afternoon on South Lincoln Avenue died overnight, ...

The article is generally a mess focusing almost entirely on the Thursday afternoon traffic accident which is not known to be directly related to her death. At the very least, a story on a person's death should first have a picture of the deceased.

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rhys jones 6 months ago

So YVMC releases her, and she dies within hours, with no intervening trauma... I've seen them miss a broken pelvis before, my buddy ended up in the ex-DGH... hope their insurance is up to date, because I smell negligence. "Wrongful death." My buddy healed anyway.

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rhys jones 6 months ago

I say he healed anyway, after a metal plate and several screws -- and ironic that we both spent time in the same building with broken pelvises, albeit 20 years apart -- but that was a MAJOR oversight at YVMC, no wonder they fly everybody to Denver. Where Renee should have been.

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Eric Morris 6 months ago

http://www.craigdailypress.com/news/2013/jun/11/record-june-12-2013/?print

Is the third entry the same person? Matt, you might want to confirm the name, or the coroner needs to confirm.

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David Moore 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Not understanding your inquiry. This record is from June, the accident was last Thursday. What's your point?

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Mark Ruckman 6 months ago

Rhys, that is a lot of mud slinging without zero information on the cause of death.

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rhys jones 6 months ago

Maybe right, Mark, it's all circumstantial at this point -- and any good detective will tell you there is no such thing as coincidence. I base my assumptions on past observation. Assuming she didn't gulp something she shouldn't have later, or engage in other risky behavior, I think it is safe to assume she still had a problem when they cleared her at the hospital, or they gave her the wrong stuff to take, otherwise she would not have died hours later. People do not just perish spontaneously.

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rhys jones 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Hey Sam Ridge -- If my comments were insensitive to the family, I apologize to them. I was just calling it the way I see it. Are your objections based on specific medical knowledge in this case, or perhaps another attachment to that venerable institution?

If you would like to discuss this out of this venue -- as evidenced by the tripe you polluted my Facebook with -- and good luck doing that again -- just click my email, I'm available.

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