Local killed in highway accident
A longtime local restaurant worker was killed early Wednesday morning when she was hit by a car while walking along Highway 82 near Wingo Junction.
Joanne “Jo-Jo” Reid, of Aspen and Glenwood Springs, apparently was heading either to or from her boyfriend’s house nearby when the accident happened, according to friends and information from the Colorado State Patrol.
A report from the CSP said Reid was standing in one of the westbound lanes of the highway, facing east, when she was hit by a car driven by Adam Romero, 27, of Basalt, at 1:20 a.m.
Romero was driving west on the highway when the accident occurred, according to the state patrol. Reid was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the car and then rolled off on the passenger side.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, and according to a release by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, counselors from the Aspen Counseling Center were called in “to assist bystanders.”
Romero drove onto the side of the road and stopped immediately. He flagged down a passing motorist, who drove to a phone and called police.
He was taken to the Eagle County Sheriff’s substation in El Jebel for a test to determine if he had been drinking, and the test came up negative, according to the CSP.
A statement from the CSP reported that “there was minimal traffic at the time of the crash, and no adverse weather conditions were present. The crash occurred in a right curve just east of the Wingo Junction Bridge. It is a dark location that is between street lights. The reason why [Reid] was standing in the road facing east is unknown. Whether [Reid] was intoxicated is currently under investigation.”
A CSP spokesman said that no charges were filed against Romero as of Wednesday evening, and that the case remains under investigation.
According to friends, Reid had been in the Aspen area for more than a decade and had worked at a variety of local restaurants, including the Hotel Jerome, Guido’s, the Wienerstube and the Woody Creek Tavern. She was 40 years old and divorced.
Originally from New Zealand, she had recently taken a trip to her home to visit her family and had been back in the Roaring Fork Valley only a couple of months when the accident happened, according to friends.
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Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2001
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