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RIFLE, Colorado – A Silt woman who lost control of the vehicle she was driving on I-70 near Rifle Wednesday morning, died a few hours after the rollover crash, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Theresa V. Wilson, 57, was driving a maroon 2002 Honda Civic west on I-70 at 6:30 a.m. She was about two miles west of Rifle, driving in the left lane, when she lost control of the car. It veered off the left side of the road, spun to the left, skidded and then rolled in the median, landing on its top.

Wilson was partially ejected as the car rolled and suffered severe injuries. She was rushed to Grand River Hospital in Rifle, where she was pronounced dead at 9:20 a.m.

The state patrol’s initial investigation revealed that inattention to driving is thought to be the main factor for the crash. Alcohol, drugs, and speed are not believed to be factors.

One lane of I-70 was blocked for approximately four hours. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, New Castle Police Department, Rifle Fire Department, Colorado Department of Transportation and Valley Towing responded to assist with the scene.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A 21-year-old Glenwood Springs man, who so far faces the most serious charges in connection with a June 18 brawl that erupted at a party south of Glenwood Springs, appeared in court Wednesday.

Victor Manual Duarte Fabela has been advised of first-degree assault charges stemming from the incident in which he allegedly hit several people with a baseball bat.

Two of the victims reportedly received serious injuries during the fight, and up to 20 others were also assaulted, according to incident reports.

The 9th Judicial District Public Defender’s office was appointed to represent Duarte in the case. His next court date was set for Aug. 18.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident and other arrests are possible. Only one other person besides Duarte was arrested in connection with the fight, though at least three people were arrested for underage drinking, drug possession and other charges.

Duarte had previously been arrested in Carbondale for alleged crimes against a group of people. He was scheduled for sentencing in that case on Aug. 7, although that will now likely be postponed while the new charges are considered.

According to sheriff’s reports on the June 18 incident, Duarte saw some of the same people from the Carbondale incident arrive in the driveway at the party at 2566 Highway 82. He and his friends allegedly ran to the car and began assaulting the occupants with a baseball bat and bottles. The sheriff’s office said a knife and possibly a gun may have also been involved.

Duarte remains in the Garfield County Jail on $100,000 bond.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that the Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs has received a $48,862 grant to improve health care at their facility.

The grant is part of a six-year, $7.5 million program funded by UnitedHealthcare to encourage the delivery and quality of health care in facilities across the state. This year, UnitedHealthcare and the Colorado Rural Health Care Grant Council awarded more than $2 million to health care providers in 42 counties across Colorado.

Mountain Family Health Center will be applying the grant funds to education, training, new equipment and technology to improve operational decision making and reporting to Mountain Family Health Center stakeholders.

“By supporting the communities we serve through grants like this and other charitable giving, our company and its employees can help improve the health care delivery system for all Coloradoans, especially underserved populations,” said Beth Soberg CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado.

More information about the grants at coruralhealth.org.

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