Carbondale boy, 2, killed in 82 crash
Aspen Times Staff Writer
A 2-year-old Carbondale boy was killed in a two-car collision on Highway 82 outside of Aspen Sunday morning.
The accident occurred around 8:15 when a minivan being driven downvalley by Carbondale resident Santos Arellanos Soreano, 29, hit a patch of ice and skidded into upvalley traffic, police said. The van was struck by an SUV driven by Aspen resident Daryl Turner, 36, forcing both vehicles off the south side of the highway and into a concrete barrier. The vehicles came to rest blocking both lanes of traffic near milepost 29, 10 miles west of Aspen.
Obet Arellanos Marin, 2, a passenger in Soreano’s van, suffered fatal head injuries. The boy was seated in a child car seat, but was not properly restrained, according to a Colorado State Patrol press release. Marin was pronounced dead at the scene.
The state patrol is investigating the crash, and a trooper contacted at the patrol’s Glenwood office would not say whether charges would be filed. The release said alcohol is not suspected as a factor.
Soreano was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment of a skull fracture and broken ribs. A nursing supervisor said he was in fair condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit Sunday evening.
Turner was treated for minor injuries and released from Aspen Valley Hospital early Sunday. Hospital supervisors said a 36-year-old woman, whose name was not released by the state patrol, was also treated and released from the hospital early Sunday afternoon. Authorities were unsure of the relationship between the three.
Highway 82 was closed for nearly four hours as the state patrol, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Aspen Volunteer Fire Department cleared the scene. Traffic was diverted to Lower River Road until just after noon.
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