9-year-old dies in car crash | PostIndependent.com

9-year-old dies in car crash

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE – A 9-year-old boy died in an auto accident on Highway 6 outside of New Castle Monday afternoon.The crash occurred when a white Chevy Tahoe driven by a 16-year-old Rifle girl attempted to pass another westbound truck in a no-passing zone and went out of control, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The Tahoe rolled down a steep embankment off the roadway, and the 9-year-old in the back seat was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to a state patrol news release.A passenger in the front seat, 18-year-old Alma Valencia of Washington, was wearing a seat belt, as was the driver. Valencia suffered minor injuries and was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, while the driver sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Grand River Medical Center in Rifle, according to the state patrol.Early Tuesday authorities were looking for a driver of a white van that was traveling east and was almost struck by the Tahoe. The driver was contacted and corroborated other witness reports, according to patrolman Jeff Sewell, who is investigating the accident.The state patrol has not released the name of either the teenage driver or the passenger who was killed. Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor in the crash, but charges are still possible, Sewell said.

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