One dead in Hayden accident

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A Grand Junction man died and two Craig men were injured Wednesday in an accident near Hayden, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Justin Allen Parks, 26, of Grand Junction died after he lost control of the 2001 gray Dodge Stratus he was driving at 6:30 p.m. toward Steamboat Springs, about a mile east of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40. Parks was a recruiter and a sergeant in the Marine Corps.

Jorge Torres, 33 and Martin Lopez, 39, were injured in the accident. Both were treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center and were released Thursday afternoon, State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar said.

Kaspar said the men were returning home from working in Steamboat when Torres' 1996 white Ford F-250 pickup slammed into the side of the Dodge. The driver was trying to avoid the Dodge at the time of the accident, Kaspar said.

"It was a speed issue, and there was standing water," Kaspar said.

Kaspar said Parks was traveling the 65-mph speed limit, but it was too fast for the rainy weather conditions.

All three people were wearing seatbelts. An airbag in the Stratus did not deploy, and the Ford was not equipped with an airbag, Kaspar said.

Parks' car was hydroplaning at the time of the accident.

"There was a lot of rain," Kaspar said, "This crash was speed-related."

Amy Hamilton can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 208, or ahamilton@craigdailypress.com

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