Crash victim sues driver | AspenTimes.com

Crash victim sues driver

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An Aspen woman who was seriously injured in a car accident in January sued both the 20-year-old college student who hit her and his father on Wednesday.

Shafigheh Lubin, 52, suffered multiple spinal fractures, a collapsed lung, a “severely” broken leg, a broken ankle, a broken arm and a knee injury, the lawsuit states.

Jack Galyon admitted drinking two beers and a shot and smoking marijuana several hours before the crash, according to a police report. He failed roadside sobriety tests, and his breath-alcohol content was .095 above the legal driving limit of .08, the report states.

Galyon attended a concert by Kygo that concluded this winter’s X Games in Aspen at about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, then headed west on Highway 82 in a blizzard. He told police he was driving too fast at between 50 and 60 mph when he lost control of his Ford Escape and slid into the eastbound lanes, according to the police report.

Lubin was driving her Mini Cooper between 25 and 30 mph when Galyon’s vehicle hit her head-on, the lawsuit states. Galyon and his passenger were not injured.

Police found a flask with an unknown alcoholic beverage inside, broken beer bottles, marijuana and a marijuana grinder in Galyon’s car, according to a police report.

Galyon, a sophomore at the University of Colorado and a native of Highlands Ranch, is charged with vehicular assault while under the influence, DUI, having an open container of alcohol in his car and having an open container of marijuana in his car.

His father, Gregory Galyon, was named as a defendant because he is the owner of the car his son was driving, the lawsuit states.


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