One killed in Rifle accident |

One killed in Rifle accident

One man died and another was seriously injured after a suspected drunken driving accident east of Rifle just before 10 p.m. Sunday.The Colorado State Patrol arrested the driver, Justin Davis, 22, after he was released from the Grand River Medical Center for treatment of minor to moderate injuries. He was held on suspicion of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault, DUI, reckless driving, no proof of insurance and driving with a revoked license, according to the CSP.The front-seat passenger was killed in the accident and was identified as 21-year-old Jonathan B. Schaffler of Rifle. A passenger in the back seat of the car, Charlie Steerman, 22, suffered serious injuries but was expected to be released from the Grand River Medical Center soon. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the accident.The crash occurred on County Road 294 just east of the Rifle city limits near East Seventh Street.According to a news release, a 1992 Mazda hatchback was heading east when it went off the right side of the road at high speed. It began to rotate counterclockwise and went off the left side of the road. It then hit a large tree about 10 feet north of the road on its passenger side. The Mazda spun clockwise around the tree and came to rest with its wheels facing south. None of the occupants were wearing seat belts, according to the CSP.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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