Crash blamed on inexperience
January 15, 2001
Steamboat Springs — A lack of experience driving over wintry mountain passes is to blame for an accident on Rabbit Ears Pass over the weekend, a state trooper said Monday.
Anthony Livingston, 40, of Cummings, Ga., has been issued a citation for careless driving for the accident that occurred at about 1 p.m. Saturday, said trooper Chris Tafoya.
Livingston was driving a rented 2000 Mitsubishi Montero westbound on U.S. 40 when he lost control and the vehicle ran off the left side of the highway and rolled down a snowy embankment. In the green sport utility vehicle with Livingston were his wife, Christine, 33, and their two daughters, Kara, 13, and Kasi, 8.
The highway Livingston was driving was icy and snowpacked. The conditions were a factor, but Tafoya believes inexperienced driving is really to blame, he said.
“The family is from Georgia and did not have a lot of mountain driving experience,” he said.
Livingston and his family were all taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries and released that day.