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A California man is facing three charges of careless driving causing bodily injury after he allegedly caused a multivehicle accident in the midvalley Tuesday.

Police say Richard Tallman, 75, of Newport Beach, Calif., was traveling upvalley in a Toyota Land Cruiser when he crossed the median and went into the downvalley lane near Dakota Road. He allegedly sideswiped a Toyota pickup truck driven by Bonnie Snyder of Carbondale.

Her truck was nearly ripped in two, and she was ejected and pinned under the wreckage in a ditch. Snyder, who was not wearing a seat belt, remained in critical condition in a Grand Junction hospital Wednesday.

Tallman’s vehicle then collided with an Audi station wagon driven by Patrick J. Seurynck, 50, of Basalt, according to a Colorado State Patrol news release. His car skidded for 150 feet before hitting Tallman’s vehicle head-on.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Richard Duran said it is not known what caused the accident. He said drugs or alcohol were not involved.

Pitkin County has purchased and plans to preserve land for wintering elk and bighorn sheep.

County commissioners approved the purchase of 129 acres at Cozy Point North ” critical winter range for the Burnt Mountain elk herd. The parcel is on the south side of Highway 82 just past Brush Creek Road.

Landowner Aspen Country Day School LLC agreed to sell the property for $2.75 million. According to Dale Will, director of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, both the city of Aspen and the town of Snowmass Village have agreed to contribute to the purchase.

“It’s exciting to be part of something with such widespread support,” Will told commissioners.

Also on Wednesday, the county purchased a 10-acre parcel up Avalanche Creek in the Crystal River Valley, known as a winter sanctuary for big horn sheep. Owner Frank Goldsmith agreed to sell the parcel to the county for $200,000, although he has given the land’s transferable development right to the county to sell at a later date, recouping costs.

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