Man charged with six counts following Hwy. 133 accident |

Man charged with six counts following Hwy. 133 accident

Chad Abraham

A Florida man will be charged with six counts of careless driving causing injury after the sport utility vehicle he was driving collided with another SUV on Highway 133 on Wednesday.Juan Vidal, 28, of Apopka, Fla., allegedly caused the accident that sent nine people to the hospital, including a 15-year-old who was airlifted to Grand Junction, said trooper Robert Varner of the Colorado State Patrol.Vidal was driving a 1989 Jeep Wagoneer with eight people in it toward Redstone when he apparently lost control of the vehicle and hit a 1994 Nissan Pathfinder coming the opposite way. Vidal, who was here on vacation, and the driver of the other car, Monique Villalobos, 18, of Marble, were not seriously hurt, Varner said.Marisela Valdez, 41, was riding next to Vidal and “sustained serious internal injuries,” a state patrol statement says. Also injured were Alicia Huerta, 44, and two children riding “in the cargo area [of the Wagoneer].””The rest of the occupants had broken bones and some broken ribs,” Varner said.The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. during a snow and rainstorm that iced up local roads.”It was definitely snowy conditions when the accident occurred,” Varner said.The state patrol statement said “there was evidence that most of the seriously injured occupants of Mr. Vidal’s vehicle were not wearing seat belts.”Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is