Car crash kills area woman
A Silt woman was dead Sunday night after a two-car accident on Saturday evening.An autopsy was scheduled to determine the factors that caused the death of Evalyn Baker, 18, of Silt, said Dr. Robert Kurtzman of the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.The crash, four miles south of Glenwood Springs on Highway 82, closed both sides of Highway 82 for five hours on Saturday night, according to the Colorado State Patrol, and sent three others, including a 19-month old baby, to Valley View Hospital.Baker reportedly was heading toward Glenwood with the infant passenger about 6:30 p.m. when she lost control of her vehicle and began to fishtail, ultimately spinning off the road toward the grass median strip.The car went airborne partway over the median, landed and skidded onto the eastbound lanes. A car carrying driver Steven VanDyke, 28, and passenger Jennifer Cook, 30, both of Glenwood Springs, broadsided Baker’s car.According to a CSP statement, Baker was pinned in her vehicle and had to be extricated. She suffered “critical injuries” in the wreck, and the infant suffered moderate, non-life-threatening injuries, the CSP reported.All four were taken to Valley View Hospital, where Baker was stabilized before being sent to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.VanDyke and Cook both were in stable condition at Valley View on Sunday, hospital personnel said. The infant was treated and released to family members Saturday.Police closed the highway to divert traffic around the accident scene and onto a gravel frontage road.The cause of the crash is under investigation by the CSP, which reported that speeding “is suspected as a factor” in the accident.John Colson’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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