Omaha motorist dies in rollover accident |

Omaha motorist dies in rollover accident

A single-vehicle rollover accident Saturday morning on I-70 east of Parachute claimed the life of an Omaha driver and injured his two passengers, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Rene Ovato, 51, of Omaha was driving east on the highway at 7:15 a.m. in a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe when he lost control of the vehicle. It drifted into the highway median and rolled several times, ejecting Ovato and a backseat passenger.

Ovato, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene.

The backseat passenger, Mira Ovato, 21, was transported to Grand River Hospital in Rifle and then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital to be treated for serious injuries. She, too, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

The front seat passenger, a boy who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Grand River Hospital and treated for moderate injuries.

The Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Valley Fire and EMS, and Rifle Towing responded to the scene.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol. Alcohol and fatigue are being investigated as contributing factors in the cause of the crash.

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