Hit-and-run driver caught
December 18, 2006
Aspen, CO ColoradoBASALT The Colorado State Patrol ticketed the driver of a semi-truck Monday for causing a collision in the midvalley and then leaving the scene of the accident.Alejando Gonzalez of Denver was traveling upvalley on Highway 82 when he went through a stoplight at the intersection with lower Willits Lane around 4 p.m., according to CSP Trooper Robert Varner. Gonzalez’s truck struck the side of a van turning downvalley onto Highway 82. The impact pushed the van sideways into a sedan that was using a second turn lane to head downvalley.”[Gonzalez] said the light turned yellow and he couldn’t stop. The other drivers said they had a green light,” Varner said.The truck driver pulled off the road momentarily, then fled. “He said he was scared,” Varner said.Police dispatchers aired a report around 4:15 p.m. asking Pitkin County deputies to be on the look out for a tractor-trailer with a damaged headlight heading upvalley.The truck was stopped around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road, about 15 miles from the crash site. A deputy escorted the truck back to the scene of the accident. Varner said Gonzalez cooperated with the deputy.Varner issued Gonzalez a ticket for failure to obey a traffic control device and leaving the scene of an accident. He was driving a rig for Borrego Bros.The passengers in the vehicles that were hit were fortunate they hadn’t pulled farther onto the highway. An ambulance from the Basalt fire department responded, but the victims didn’t report injuries serious enough to require trips to a hospital.The accident was one of four in the midvalley Monday despite generally ice-free roads. A single-vehicle crash in the downvalley lanes near the intersection of Highway 82 and lower Two Rivers Road snarled heavy commuter traffic between 5:30 and 6 p.m.