A four car accident on I-70 near Limon kills two people. One man, 63-year-old Richard Widmier of Burleston, TX is facing felony charges for causing the accident.
At about 5:45 Saturday evening, Colorado State Troopers responded to the eastbound lanes of I-70 to a multi-car crash. Troopers discovered that four vehicles were traveling eastbound on I-70 in the right lane. A tan Chevy Suburban, A maroon Ford F-150, a blue Jeep Liberty and a white Kenworth truck-tractor pulling a semi-trailer.
According to state troopers, the Chevy, Ford, and Jeep were traveling approximately 15 mph due to blizzard conditions. The Kenworth was traveling approximately 55 mph and struck the rear of the Jeep, causing the Jeep to rotate clockwise. The left side of the Jeep struck the rear of the Ford pickup truck. The Jeep then went off the right side of the road and came to rest facing west. The Jeep then became fully engulfed into flames. The Kenworth continued and collided with the rear of the Ford pickup truck pushing the front of the Ford into Chevy Suburban's left rear. The Chevy Suburban traveled off the right side of the road and came to rest facing east. The Kenworth continued and went off the right side of the road facing east.
The restrained driver of the Kenworth has been identified as Richard E. Widmier, 62 of Burleson, TX. Widmier sustained no injuries and was not transported.
The restrained driver of the Jeep has been identified as Ginger M. Gillespie, 48 of Grand Junction, CO. Gillespie sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Elbert County Coroner.
A restrained female passenger within the Jeep has been identified as Lois A. Kelton, 77 of Grand Junction, CO. Kelton sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Elbert County Coroner.
The restrained driver of the Ford pick up truck has been identified as Joel Villarreal- Ramos, 28 of Greeley, CO. Villarreal-Ramos sustained minor injuries but was not transported.
The restrained driver of the Chevy Suburban has been identified as Aocendo P. Hernandez, 29 of Mexico. Hernandez sustained no injuries but was transported to Lincoln Community Hospital.
Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as contributing factors, however exceeding the safe speed for blizzard conditions was the contributing factor.
Mr. Widmier was arrested and transported to the Elbert County Detention Facility and has been charged with felony vehicular homicide and felony criminal negligent homicide along with some misdemeanor charges.