Careless driving cited as cause in fatal Highway 40 crash
A 55-year-old Granby man died Tuesday evening in a fatal head-on crash on US Highway 40 west of Tabernash that involved four vehicles.
State officials released the name of the man who died in Tuesday’s crash Wednesday morning, identifying him as Bradley Dinsmore, a 55-year-old Granby resident. Dinsmore’s Facebook page notes that he attended Middle Park High School.
Dinsmore was one of four people involved in the crash on US 40 near milepost 221. According to state authorities, none of the other drivers sustained injuries, but Dinsmore was pronounced dead at the scene.
The collision occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday when a 2000 Ford F-350 pickup driven by 46-year-old Brian Linquata of Fraser was going east on US 40 near milepost 221.
“Traffic was slowing ahead,” State Patrol said in a statement. “The 2000 Ford F-350 collided with a 2012 Ford F-150 driven by a 42-year-old male from Littleton that was in front of the 2000 F-350.”
After striking the F-150 driven by the Littleton man, Linquata’s pickup veered into the westbound lane and collided head on with a 1996 Plymouth Voyager driven by Dinsmore.
Dinsmore’s vehicle was then struck from behind by a 2006 Dodge pickup driven by a 36-year-old man from Fraser, who was on US 40 behind Dinsmore’s vehicle.
According to investigators, Linquata is considered to be at fault in the collision. He was cited on the scene for careless driving causing death, following too closely and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on a roadway. He was issued a summons to appear in court but not arrested or taken into custody.
According to state authorities, there is no suspicion that drugs or alcohol contributed to the incident. Additionally, officials from Colorado State Patrol said excessive speed is not believed to be a factor either.
The wreck led local authorities to shut down the highway for several hours Tuesday evening, as traffic was diverted around the scene and officials conducted a full investigation.
Altogether, US 40 remained closed in the vicinity of milepost 221 for nearly six hours Tuesday night. Authorities reopened the route shortly before 11 p.m.
“With the summer season upon us, the State Patrol would like to remind all drivers to remain focused on the road, buckle up, and never drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol,” officials said in a statement.
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