Victim pleads for clemency after two-car accident at Blue Lake turnoff
EL JEBEL A crash Saturday near the entrance to Blue Lake sent six to the hospital and one to jail. One victim of the crash, however, pleaded for clemency for the man charged with causing the accident. Jose Guadalupe-Alfaro, 31, of El Jebel, was driving a 1994 Honda Civic downvalley on Highway 82 when he attempted to turn into Blue Lake across the right lane, Colorado State Patrol reported. Steven King, 42, of Woody Creek, was driving in that lane in a Ford Aerostar and could not miss the Honda, State Patrol said. After the Aerostar struck the Honda broadside, both vehicles spun off into a ditch on the side of the road. All five passengers in the Honda and King were taken to area hospitals. The victim in the front passenger seat of the Honda was airlifted to Denver with life-threatening injuries, according to the state patrol. Police charged Guadalupe-Alfaro with five counts of careless driving causing bodily injury, and one count each of failing to yield right of way, and driving without a valid driver’s license.King said that with the possible loss of one of Guadalupe-Alfaro’s family members or friends, people should not focus on guilt. “I want to do whatever I can to help this guy through this,” King said. “The most important thing I’ve realized is that this family needs community support. There’s nothing else we can do now, it happened. It’s why we call it an accident.”King said he hit his head on the driver’s side window and had other minor injuries. The other three suffered minor to moderate injuries and remain hospitalized, according to the State Patrol. Part of Highway 82 and the entrance to Blue Lake were closed for two hours Saturday after State Patrol, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Basalt fire department responded to the accident. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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