Crash victim in fair condition
October 12, 2005
Steamboat Springs — A Craig woman who was injured Tuesday when her car rolled down an embankment near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass was listed in fair condition at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Wednesday.
Debora Smith, 45, was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, when she initially was listed in serious condition with a head laceration and a broken arm and wrist.
According to a report from the Colorado State Patrol, Smith was driving a 2000 Ford F-350 three miles east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. Highway 40 when her truck went off the right side of the road, struck a guardrail and several trees and rolled down an embankment and across Routt County Road 201. The accident occurred at about 4:10 p.m. The vehicle stopped on its wheels.
Smith was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, according to the report.
A driver who saw the accident called 911 and said Smith was dead.
Colorado State Trooper Ryan Parker and several Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the call and found Smith conscious inside her truck.
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Steamboat Springs Fire Res–cue responded to the scene, where medical personnel treated Smith before taking her to the hospital.
Smith was driving in rainy conditions when the accident occurred. Neither alcohol nor drugs were contributing factors, police said.
Trooper Rick Kaspar said it appeared Smith drove off the side of the road, because there were no skid marks or evidence that Smith had swerved to avoid something.
He did not think she was speeding at the time of the accident.
Kaspar interviewed Smith on Wednesday and said she could not remember anything about the accident. She will receive a citation for improper mountain driving, he said.
— To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboat pilot.com