A pedestrian was struck and killed on Highway 82 during a heavy rain in front of the Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park at 1:50 a.m. Friday.
The Colorado State Patrol’s preliminary investigation showed that a woman later identified as Kathryn Kania, 53, of Basalt, “was standing in the right lane of eastbound Colorado 82 facing to the west” when she was struck.
The patrol said that a 2003 Ford Ranger being driven by Dawn A. Miller, 52, of Carbondale was traveling east in the right lane when it struck Kania, who was thrown off the right side of the roadway.
Kania owned a business called A Unique Touch and practiced at 711 E. Valley Road, where a complex of medical and therapy offices are located above Alpine Bank at Willits. The website for Kania’s business said she was a craniosacral specialist and massage therapist.
Duran said investigators will work with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to determine if Kania got off a bus in the vicinity, which is near bus stops.
Investigators are also trying to determine if she was walking or standing in the travel lane at a location where a bus lane and a deceleration lane for a nearby intersection provide alternatives.
“It’s a really huge roadway there,” Duran said. “What places her in the travel lane at 1:50 in the morning?”
Kania is thought to have been alone at the time of the accident. It is unknown whether she was under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, Duran said. An autopsy will be performed and determine that.
The State Patrol investigation continued into the morning rush hour.
Eastbound traffic was snarled until both lanes of Highway 82 were opened shortly before 9 a.m.