Silt accident victim dies
SILT, Colorado ” A Silt woman who was involved in a one-car rollover accident on Dry Hollow Road last week has died.
Teal Leray Harper, 21, was pronounced dead around 9 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, according to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Rich Armstrong.
Harper was critically injured early last Friday morning when she drove her 1983 Subaru station wagon off of the Garfield County Road 331 (Dry Hollow) about 2.6 miles south of Interstate 70. Troopers were alerted and responded to the accident at 5 a.m.
According to accident reports, Harper was the sole occupant and was thrown from the car as it rolled down a steep embankment an unknown number of times. She was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said.
The car ended up on its wheels in a shallow creek. Harper was found nearby, partially submerged in the creek.
She was initially taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and later was flown to St. Mary’s.
The State Patrol suspects alcohol and excessive speed were factors. The accident remains under investigation.
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