State patrol releases names of crash victims
August 1, 2012
The Colorado State Patrol released the names of the three victims in Saturday's fatal two-vehicle crash west of Craig.
The CSP officials reported that 35-year-old Raul Torres-Rodriguez, of Fort Collins, was the driver of an Audi A4 carrying 22-year-old Christopher Karschner, of Rangely, and 19-year-old Luis Terrones-Ortega, of Greeley, as passengers.
The vehicle, traveling west on U.S. Highway 40, reportedly veered into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Rickie Jenkins, 53, of Casper, Wyo., according to a CSP news release.
Moffat County Coroner Kirk McKey said the three occupants of the Audi all died of blunt force trauma as result of the collision.
CSP officials said Torres-Rodriguez and Karschner, who was seated next to the driver, were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Terrones-Ortega, seated in back, reportedly wasn't.
Though his truck spilled diesel fuel onto the highway and caught fire, Jenkins, who reportedly was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was first able to escape from the truck's cab.
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He was treated for moderate injuries at The Memorial Hospital in Craig and later released.
There are no pending citations resulting from the accident, according Colorado State Police officials.