New Castle woman killed in crash on I-70

Will Grandbois
Three vehicles were heavily damaged in Monday morning's fatal crash on Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs.
Marilyn Gleason / Post Independent contributor |

One person was killed and four were injured Monday morning in a three-car accident Monday morning on Interstate 70 near New Castle.

The Colorado State Patrol said a 1999 Ford Explorer was traveling west on I-70 near mile marker 104 at about 7:15 when the driver lost control and traveled off of the left side of the road. The patrol said there was standing water on the road at the time.

The SUV began to rotate counter-clockwise and travel through the grass median into the eastbound lanes. A 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe was eastbound in the left lane when it struck the passenger side of the Ford. Immediately following the collision, the Tahoe began to rotate counter-clockwise and struck a 2005 Pontiac Vibe also traveling east.

Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire said early Monday afternoon that the person killed was Lori M. Rink, 44, of New Castle. She was a passenger in the Explorer driven by her husband, 47. He was taken to Grand River Hospital with moderate injuries, the patrol said. The couple’s 12-year-old daughter was taken to Valley View Hospital, then to the Denver area for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Tahoe, Juan Gonzalez, 18, of Rifle was transported to Grand River Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Pontiac, Sandra Roger, 51, of Rifle was taken to Valley View Hospital with minor injuries.

Eastbound traffic on I-70 was detoured on Highway 6 between Silt and New Castle for about five hours after the accident.

A benefit account has been established at Alpine Bank for the benefit of Lori Rink’s family, a family friend said. People can make contributions at any Alpine branch.