Local woman dies in rollover
October 17, 2005
A 45-year-old Steamboat Springs woman died Sunday night when her car rolled down an embankment off U.S. Highway 40 near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass.
Nancy A. Nelson, the driver and only person in the car at the time of the crash, sustained head and skeletal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from Colorado State Patrol Trooper Kirk Gardner.
Nelson was driving a 2000 black Chevrolet Blazer west on U.S. 40 about one mile east of Steamboat when the accident occurred at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the release.
Nelson entered a curve to the left at milepost 137 and drove off the right side of the road and down an embankment. She attempted to steer her car to the left, and it began to rotate counterclockwise, according to police.
The Blazer rolled side over side three times, coming to rest on its wheels off the right side of the road and facing south.
The initial investigation suggests Nelson was traveling faster than the posted speed limit of 55 mph, police said. Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in the accident, but it has not been confirmed. The accident is under investigation.
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Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Tests showing whether Nelson had alcohol in her system are expected later this week.