Daughter of teacher killed in I-70 crash also dies
Amelia Bradley, the 12-year-old daughter of Lori Rink, who was killed Oct. 26 in a traffic accident on Interstate 70 near New Castle, died Sunday at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire said Tuesday.
Glassmire said she died of multiple injuries.
Amelia and her mother were passengers in the family’s 1999 Ford Explorer that Monday morning when it apparently went out of control after hitting standing water on the Interstate. The Colorado State Patrol said the Explorer was traveling west when the driver, Steve Bradley, Rink’s husband and Amelia’s father, lost control and traveled off of the left side of the road.
The SUV spun through the median into the eastbound lanes. A 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling east struck the passenger side of the Ford. The Tahoe then struck a 2005 Pontiac Vibe that also was traveling east.
Rink, 44, of New Castle, was a teacher at Graham Mesa Elementary School in Rifle.
The State Patrol said on the day of the accident that Amelia was taken to Valley View Hospital, then to the Denver area for treatment of serious injuries.
The drivers of all three vehicles also were hospitalized with injuries, but survived.
Several benefit efforts are under way:
• A crowdfunding account — https://www.gofundme.com/yb8wrdac.
• Alpine Bank under the name of Tanya Dunbar FBO Steve Bradley, Lori Rink and Amelia Elizabeth Bradley.
• Benefit Dinner & Dance – Farm Fresh Café Rifle 6-10 p.m. Dec. 5. Contact Jennifer Harris at Jenniferharris@alpinebank.com or call (970) 319-4368. The event will include a spaghetti dinner, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids in advance at the Rifle, New Castle or Battlement Mesa Alpine Bank branches, and $25/$15 at the door.
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