Crash victim in critical condition; brother arrested
July 31, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A 50-year-old man remains in critical condition at a Denver hospital after the truck he was riding in on Forest Service Road 400, 10 miles east of Clark, rolled over Saturday and pinned him inside.
George Faulkner, of Monee, Ill., was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center following the accident just after 4 p.m. and was flown to Denver Health Medical Center and taken to intensive care in serious condition with trauma to his head, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.
Faulkner was one of three passengers in a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup that police said was traveling at a high rate of speed when it entered a narrow section of the road, passed two vehicles and then rolled off the road. The vehicle came to a rest on its passenger side against trees along the roadway, the release said.
Officers said Faulkner was unrestrained at the time of the crash, and when emergency responders arrived, he was unconscious and unresponsive.
Faulkner's brother, 50-year-old Paul Richard Faulkner, of Monee, Ill., was driving the vehicle and was arrested after the accident on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into Routt County Jail on charges of vehicular assault, careless driving causing injury and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Front-seat passenger Thomas Baker, of Larkspur, was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was not injured.
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The crash is still under investigation by the State Patrol.
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