Occupants of car in rollover accident near Meeker listed as stable
Five people ages 16 to 21 were involved in a rollover accident 4 1/2 miles west of Meeker on Wednesday afternoon, and four passengers were airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction.
One underwent surgery, and they’re all in stable condition. The fifth occupant is in good condition and is being treated at Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker.
The SUV rolled 2 1/2 times off of Colorado Highway 64 before landing on its roof, and it’s not known at this point what caused the accident, said Rio Blanco County Undersheriff Michael Joos.
“Right now, we have no idea (what caused it) other than what we found at the scene,” Joos said.
It doesn’t appear that they had seatbelts on, Joos said, noting that the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office will conduct a mechanical inspection of the car as a part of the ongoing investigation.
Jessica Johns, 19, was the driver of the vehicle. She apparently lost control, swerved, overcorrected and rotated 180 degrees before leaving the south side of the highway, according to a press release. She was partially ejected from the vehicle.
Passenger Gabrielle Garzon, 21, was completely ejected from the SUV.
Meeker Fire & Rescue ambulances took all five in the car to Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker for treatment originally, but Johns and passengers Garzon, Zachary Williams, 18, and an unnamed 16-year-old male passenger were flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center.
The passenger kept at Pioneers Medical Center, Costin Pallach, 18, is listed in good condition, Joos said.
It’s still unknown whether alcohol or drugs were involved, and Joos said the road was dry and clear when the accident occurred.
Injuries prevented the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office from speaking with the driver and passengers.
Friday marked one year since the Silver Creek Fire sparked northwest of Kremmling in Routt National Forest and burned more than 20,120 acres, according to data from the Rocky Mountain Incident Coordination Center.