Meeker teen killed, 3 injured in wreck
A Meeker teen was killed Saturday in a single vehicle accident in Rio Blanco County.
Natasha Gutierrez, 18, suffered a massive head injury when she was thrown from a vehicle on Rio Blanco County Road 11 at about 12:35 a.m. Saturday.
Gutierrez, whose uncle is Moffat County High School wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez, died later at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker.
Bryson Davies, 19, also of Meeker, was driving the pickup south on C.R. 11 when he lost control near a sharp curve. The vehicle rolled three times down an embankment, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Davies suffered lacerations and abrasions to his torso and was taken to Pioneers Hospital. He later was released.
None of the vehicle’s four passengers were wearing seat belts.
Luther Asselin, 19, also from Meeker, was thrown from the vehicle, as well. He suffered lacerations and was taken to Pioneers Hospital before being taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where he was in stable condition Monday.
Luther’s cousin, Hannah Asselin, suffered multiple contusions and lacerations and was taken to Pioneers and St. Mary’s, where she was later released.
According to the State Patrol, alcohol and weather were not a factor. The accident is still under investigation.
A memorial service for Gutierrez is planned for 2 p.m. Friday at the Fairfield Community Center in Meeker.
Memorial funds have been set up at First National Bank of the Rockies and Mountain Valley National Bank.
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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