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Passenger in left-turning car dies in Aug. 2 accident at 31st Street and Highway 24

       Editor's note: The following is the verbatim Colorado State Patrol press release regarding a fatal traffic accident at 31st Street and Colorado Highway 24 Aug. 2 at 6:20 p.m. The word "restrained" refers to seatbelts being on. Note: An article in the Aug. 3 print edition of the Gazette incorrectly stated who died.

       The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a three-vehicle crash that occurred on Colorado 24 at the intersection with 31st Street in El Paso County.
       A 2002 Lexus LS430 was traveling westbound on Colorado 24, making a left hand turn onto southbound 31st Street. A 2003 Dodge Dakota was traveling eastbound on Colorado 24 and collided its front with the right side of the Lexus. After impact, the Lexus rotated counter-clockwise and collided its rear with a 1993 Chevrolet Suburban, which was stopped in the northbound lane of 31st Street. The Dodge continued eastbound, coming to rest on its wheels facing east.
       The Lexus' driver, 16-year-old female from Colorado Springs, CO, was restrained at the time of the crash. She was transported to Penrose hospital with moderate injuries. The Lexus' passenger, 68-year-old Rudolf Munoz of Greeley, CO, was restrained at the time of the crash. Mr. Munoz sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased by El Paso County Coroner.
       The Dodge's driver, 30-year-old Darren Wieck of Colorado Springs, CO, was restrained at the time of the crash. He was transported to Penrose Hospital with serious injuries. The Dodge's passenger, 24-year-old Johnathan Moody of Colorado Springs, CO, was restrained at the time of the crash. He was transported to Penrose Hospital with serious injuries.
       The Chevrolet's driver, 53-year-old John Dort of Colorado Springs, CO, was restrained at the time of the crash. He did not sustain any injuries.
       The Chevrolet's passenger, 56-year-old Dorla McAllister of Colorado Springs, CO, was restrained at the time of the crash. She did not sustain any injuries.
       Alcohol and drug use are not considered contributing factors in the crash at this time. Failure to yield right-of-way is being investigated as a contributing factor.
       For further information, contact Trooper Art Gumke at 640-5146 or arthur.gumke@state.co.us.

From a press release
(Posted 8/3/15; Transportation Major Roads)

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