Driver in fatal Glenwood Canyon accident ID’d
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The driver of a car who died in a head-on collision with a semi truck on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon last week has been positively identified as Sherrie Hart, 53, of Aurora, according to Garfield County Deputy Coroner Steven Pollard.
Hart died as a result of multiple injuries sustained in the crash, and not the resulting fire that consumed the Mazda sedan she and three passengers were riding in, Pollard said.
Seriously injured in the accident were Hart’s husband, Ronald Hart, 53, her daughter, Lisa Hart, 25, both of Aurora, and Lisa Hart’s 4-year-old son, Zayden Pecosky of Westminster. The identities of the three passengers were released by the Colorado State Patrol on Friday, but authorities were still awaiting a positive identification of the driver.
According to the State Patrol, Sherrie Hart was driving east in a two-way-traffic construction zone 11 miles east of Glenwood Springs around 4:30 a.m. May 22 when she veered into the westbound lane just as a semi-trailer truck driven by Daniel Robertson, 54, of Las Vegas, Nev., emerged from the Reverse Curve tunnel.
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The vehicles collided head-on, and both burst into flames. Witnesses who came upon the accident were able to pull the three passengers from the burning car, but were unable to retrieve the driver.
Robertson was able to escape the burning cab of his truck unharmed. State Patrol officials could not be reached Tuesday for an update on the conditions of the three accident victims who survived.
According to the State Patrol, driver fatigue on the part of Hart was determined to be the possible cause of the crash. Results of a toxicology report are also pending, which may determine if prescription medication also may have been a contributing factor.
The May 22 accident was the second fatality in the construction zone since work on that stretch of I-70 began in early April.
On April 14, Brianda Zavala, 18, of Glenwood Springs, and her two passengers, Jennifer Nevarez, 16, of Carbondale, and Albino Ortiz-Monge, 24, of Gypsum, were all killed when their Audi sedan slammed head-on into a semi truck. That accident happened at 5:30 a.m., about two miles east of where last week’s crash occurred.
An autopsy report revealed that Zavala was drunk at the time.
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