Charges filed in crash that killed Rifle woman
The driver of a vehicle in a fiery crash early Sunday morning near De Beque that killed 19-year-old Christina Flager of Rifle was arrested Tuesday on charges including felony vehicular homicide, the Colorado State Patrol said Wednesday.
Anthony Bracamontes, 21, of Rifle was taken into custody Tuesday. He remained in the Garfield County Jail Wednesday evening on a $50,000 bond.
Bracamontes faces charges of vehicular homicide, a class 3 felony, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and failure to present evidence of insurance, the State Patrol said in a press release.
Flager died at the scene from injuries sustained during the crash. The accident happened when the Chevrolet Impala driven be Bracamontes veered into the center median on Interstate 70 near De Beque around 2:40 a.m. Sunday and hit a rock structure.
The car rolled backwards after the impact and caught fire. Passing motorists stopped to pull the three occupants out of the burning vehicle.
Bracamontes and another passenger, Erick Fernandez, 26, of Grand Junction, both suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
The accident happened near milepost 66 on I-70, according to the State Patrol. Bracamontes and Fernandez were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where they were treated for their injuries and later released.
State Patrol officials said at the time of the accident that both alcohol and excessive speed were believed to be factors in the crash.
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