Steamboat Brief: Decision pending on charges in fatal wreck

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Colorado State Patrol trooper Tonja Cowan said Tuesday that she has not decided whether to file charges in a fatal crash Saturday on U.S. Highway 40.

At about 6:25 p.m., a Nissan SUV spun out of control and slid into the path of an oncoming Dodge Ram pickup.

Nissan passenger Jenna Gruben, 32, was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, and she later died from her injuries. Nissan driver Angelica Mangiardi and passenger Cara Marrs also were taken to the hospital and released. Dodge driver Wesley Jenkins and his passenger, Denise Ketchum, declined medical treatment.

Cowan said the investigation is taking longer than expected and that she plans to use information from a mechanical inspection of the cars to make a decision.

A memorial service for Gruben is at 10:15 a.m. today at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., in Denver. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Her family will be sitting shiva today until Friday at their home at 8250 S. Albion Drive in Denver.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to the Yampa Valley Autism Program or Humble Ranch.

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