Parachute woman dies, driver injured in Rifle accident |

Parachute woman dies, driver injured in Rifle accident

Aspen Times Staff Report

A 33-year-old Parachute woman was killed and a 35-year-old Parachute man suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 6 in Rifle early Sunday.

Melody Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The driver of the vehicle, Kevin Robinson, suffered serious head injuries, a patrol spokesperson said.

Alcohol and speed both appear to be factors in the accident, according to the State Patrol.

According to a patrol press release, the Robinsons were headed west on Highway 6 when their 1987 Ford Escort ran off the side of the roadway and rolled twice. The accident occurred at about 1 a.m. yesterday. Both occupants of the vehicle were ejected in the crash.

Kevin Robinson was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, according to the patrol.

Both occupants of the vehicle were only wearing the shoulder harness portion of their safety belts at the time of the accident, the patrol said. Criminal charges are pending, the patrol indicated.

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