Area police work 'typical' Memorial Day weekend

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The Craig-based troop 4B of the Colorado State Patrol worked 12 traffic accidents, while a Colorado Springs man was killed near Kremmling Saturday over the Memorial Day weekend.

Troopers also made two DUI arrests over the three-day weekend in what police called typical holiday activity. One of the 12 reported traffic accidents is suspected to have involved alcohol, troopers said.

"It was probably a little busier than a normal weekend," said State Patrol Sgt. G.J. Meirose, who said a bolstered force of six troopers worked Memorial Day.

Troop 4-B covers Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Jackson and Grand counties.

The state patrol locally worked accidents for the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff's office as both agencies covered weekend activities from the carnival to Monday's street festival on Yampa Avenue.

While "busy," Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said officers worked a normal weekend.

"Nothing major happened and I think everybody had an enjoyable weekend," Vanatta said.

Meanwhile, Saturday's fatal accident occurred two miles south of Kremmling on State Highway 9.

Investigators said Cameron Doell, 15, was attempting to pass another vehicle to the left while northbound on the highway in a Dodge pickup. Doell, whose passengers included his father and mother, Michael and Jennifer Doell, is believed to have drifted off the left side of the road, then returned to the highway toward the vehicle it was attempting to pass before overcorrecting back to the left.

The truck again went off the left side of the highway and rolled one-and-a-half times, according to troopers.

Michael Doell, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene.

All occupants were wearing seatbelts.

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

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