Highway 40 crash victim identified | CraigDailyPress.com

Highway 40 crash victim identified

Brandon Gee

— A Craig woman killed in a Monday morning car crash has been identified as 24-year-old Teodora Diaz Simon. The Colorado State Patrol also identified a Steamboat Springs man injured in the crash as Russell Blackhurst, 30.

The State Patrol withheld the victims’ names Monday while attempts were being made to notify their families. Blackhurst suffered serious skeletal, head and internal injuries in the crash, according to the State Patrol. Yampa Valley Medical Center spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said Blackhurst was treated and released from the hospital Tuesday.

The accident occurred at about 7:55 a.m. on U.S. Highway 40 near mile marker 119, about two miles west of Milner. According to police reports, Simon was driving a Honda Accord eastbound, and Blackhurst was westbound in a Toyota Corolla station wagon.

Trooper Kirk Gardner investigated the crash. Gardner said the Accord began to rotate counterclockwise while exiting a left-hand curve and skidded into the westbound lane, where it collided with the Corolla. Simon died of her injuries at the scene.

The crash was one of about a dozen in Routt County on Monday morning after overnight and morning snowfall. Although the weather likely contributed to the crash that killed Simon, a news release from Gardner also cited her speed and inadequate winter tires on her car as contributing factors to the crash. There was falling snow and snow-covered roadways at the time of the crash.

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