Snowmass woman, 21, in critical condition after rollover
A 21-year-old Snowmass woman suffered severe head injuries Tuesday morning when the sport utility vehicle she was driving rolled several times, finally landing in the median of Highway 82.
The woman, identified as Willow Brooke Cameron, was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon by administrators at St. Mary’s Hospital. Cameron was airlifted there from Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Cameron was the only person in the SUV, and no other vehicles were involved.
The accident occurred as Cameron drove west at the 4-mile marker of Highway 82. According to a Colorado State Patrol news release, the truck rolled three times. But a witness told the Post Independent it rolled six or seven times.
The crash happened just after 10 a.m., slowing traffic to a crawl as emergency personnel responded.
“She just rolled over on the highway,” explained a witness who was behind the SUV when the accident happened. “She was just driving too fast and the truck started shaking.”
After the shaking, the witness said, the truck appeared to veer out of control, then it flipped.
According to the CSP news release, it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident. Cameron was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident.
The white 1997 Ford Expedition was crushed from the force of the crash, with the driver’s side roof and doors appearing to bear the brunt of the damage.
Two of the truck’s wheels wound up on the side of the eastbound lane. It was unclear if they landed there as a result of the accident or if they were moved there to clear the road. There was also other debris scattered around, including a CD, a hide-a-key box, broken glass and mangled plastic.
In a separate incident Saturday, Glenwood Springs police reported that Cameron was arrested June 1 on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and prohibited use of a weapon.
The arrest happened after the car she was riding in as a passenger was pulled over by police. Then, while police talked to the driver of the car – Ryan Philip Cevette, 19, of Carbondale – they saw Cameron making “suspicious movements.” After officers asked her to step out of the vehicle, they allegedly found a loaded gun next to where she was sitting, as well as the drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Cevette was arrested on charges of obstructing police, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, no proof of insurance and possession of marijuana.
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