Woman involved in accident that injured four to face charges


A 39-year-old Utah woman will face traffic charges stemming from Monday's two-car accident that injured four people.

Kimberly Porter, of Roosevelt, Utah, will be issued a court summons for a pass when crossing an intersection, causing injury charge, according to Mark Marion, Colorado State Patrol trooper.

Had the accident not involved injuries, Marion said Porter could have opted to mail in a $40 fine with the offense, which also carries four points added to a license.

The court could consider restitution costs in case, but her Colorado driving privileges likely won't be restricted or revoked, the trooper said, adding that Porter has an otherwise clear driving record.

The accident, at about 4 p.m. Monday four miles west of Craig on U.S. Highway 40, occurred when Porter's Dodge Ram 2500 truck attempted to pass a Dodge minivan, driven by 25-year-old Ruth Bell of Craig. Bell's two children were also in the vehicle.

As Porter tried to pass, Bell was turning left from the westbound lane on to Moffat County Road 174. The vehicles slammed into each other and continued another 100 feet before coming to a stop off the south side of the highway.

"She (Bell) had her blinker on, and she (Porter) admitted that she saw the blinker on the pass," Marion said.

All four people injured were treated and released Monday at The Memorial Hospital.

Porter, who Marion said is a breeder of Doberman pinschers, had 11 of the dogs in the truck, one of which was a trained attack animal. A friend of Porter's trained to deal with the dog was called to the scene.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com

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