Crash victims identified
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The identities of the two victims in Tuesday’s fatal crash on Highway 82 were released Wednesday by the Garfield County Coroner’s office.
The male driver of the car was Elizeo Trinidad, 21. The female passenger was Noemy Ramos, 23.
Ramos leaves behind two children, ages 2 and 5, according to her sister, Martha Ramos of El Jebel. A service will be held for Noemy Thursday, then her body will be sent to El Salvador for burial.
“She was happy all the time. She was joking all the time,” Martha Ramos said. Her sister had been in the Roaring Fork Valley for only a few weeks and was working at a restaurant in Carbondale.
No details were available about Trinidad. His body will be sent to Mexico for burial, according to the coroner’s office.
A third passenger in the car is in serious condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Authorities identified him as Julio Hernandez-Mendoza.
Trinidad and Ramos were killed when their 2000 Kia Sephia slammed into a modular trailer that was being hauled across Highway 82 about 1 mile east of Catherine Store. They died at the scene, according to the state patrol. None of the three passengers of the car was wearing seatbelts.
The truck in the accident was attempting to turn onto the eastbound lanes of the highway. The trailer stuck out broadside into the westbound or downvalley lanes. The car T-boned the trailer.
The driver of the truck, Mark Chamness, 48, of Littleton, Colo., was cited for multiple violations by the Colorado State Patrol. (See related story.)
Authorities faced difficulty identifying Trinidad and Ramos because they carried nothing that disclosed their names, according to Garfield County deputy coroner Steve Pollard.
“We had no IDs, no driver’s licenses, no anything,” he said.
They did have the victims’ cell phones. Two bi-lingual employees of the victims’ advocates office in Garfield County assisted employees in the coroner’s office to cross-reference the telephone numbers stored and recently called numbers on the cell phones. They eventually called some of the numbers and explained there had been an accident and asked them to come to the Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs.
Some cousins of Ramos identified her. Trinidad was identified by his girlfriend, Pollard said. Authorities located the father of Hernandez-Mendoza and united him with his son in Grand Junction.
Ramos’ two sisters, Martha and Maritza, are longtime employees at City Market in Aspen. Colleagues there are taking up a collection for the family, according to an employee there, Marleny Koch. Donations are welcome at the store.
“We’re just trying to help out,” Koch said. “A little bit helps.”
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