State highway fatality attributed to alcohol

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The test shows Daniel Smith had a blood-alcohol content of 0.098 when he was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Colorado 131. Smith was partially ejected out of a rented 2000 Subaru Outback he was driving, said State Trooper Brad Keadle, who investigated the crash.

Smith's BAC was slightly below the legal driving limit of 0.10, said Routt County Coroner Doug Allen.

Keadle said he believes Smith's alcohol level contributed to the accident.

An autopsy determined Smith died of head injuries caused by the crash, Allen said.

In the course of the investigation, Keadle determined Smith had been at the Colorado Bar and Grill in Oak Creek prior to the crash.

"He was traveling from Oak Creek," Keadle said. "He was a drummer in a band that was playing at the Colorado."

Smith was traveling northbound on the state highway when he crashed at milepost 65, which is about four miles south of U.S. 40.

(Gary Salazar is a reporter with the Steamboat Springs Pilot/Today.)

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