Jul 5, 2014 10:24 PM by Zach Thaxton
A Lamar woman died in a crash in Bent County Saturday morning, which forced the closure of U.S. Highway 50 for several hours.
Colorado State Patrol says Augustina Rivera, 62, died on-scene when a Ford F-150 she was riding in collided head-on with a Chrysler sedan about 11 miles east of Las Animas around 10:00 Saturday morning. Troopers say Rivera was sitting in the back seat of the F-150 when the sedan, driven by Jose Fernandez, 23, from Ocoee, Florida, drifted into the opposite lane and approached the pickup head-on. The pickup, driven by Juan Henry, 18, of Presidio, Texas, then swerved to avoid the oncoming sedan, but the sedan swerved at the same time and the vehicles collided at a high rate of speed. The sedan spun on its wheels as a result of the collision, but the F-150 went off the side of the road, hit a fence, and rolled. Rivera died on-scene from her injuries. Fernandez was taken to St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo with serious injuries. Henry sustained minor injuries and was taken to Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta.
Two other passengers in the pickup, Jimmie Duran, 56, and Jesusita Anita Duran, 61, were flown by Flight for Life to Parkview Hospital with serious injuries. Both are from Lamar.
State Patrol says alcohol and speed are not considered factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.