Driver nabbed after apparent hit-and-run
December 18, 2006
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT ” Pitkin County deputies apprehended a truck driver they believe caused a collision in the midvalley and then fled the scene this afternoon.
The accident occurred at about 4 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 82 and lower Willits Lane. A truck pulling a flatbed trailer apparently blew through a red light while heading upvalley and hit a van that was turning downvalley onto the highway from Willits Lane, according to authorities who responded to the scene but weren’t part of the official investigation. Witnesses could see that the van was shoved sideways into a sedan that was also turning onto the highway from another lane.
An ambulance responded to the scene but no one was taken to a hospital.
Capt. Rich Duran of the Colorado State Patrol confirmed the accident was reported as a hit-and-run.
The truck reportedly pulled over to the side of the road after the accident but then fled the scene. A police dispatcher told Pitkin County deputies to be on the lookout for a truck with a smashed front headlight.
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A vehicle was pulled over at the intersection of Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road, roughly 15 miles from the accident scene, at about 4:30 p.m. A deputy escorted the truck back to the scene of the accident, where a state trooper was investigating.
No information was immediately available on the identity of the driver of the truck.
The accident slowed heavy commuter traffic near the intersection.