2 die in high-speed I-70B crash
Two Western Slope residents died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle rollover crash on the Interstate 70 Business Loop in Grand Junction.
Authorities identified the victims as 23-year-old Dustin Lamb of Fruita and 23-year-old Michaela Kahle of Montrose.
A 2008 Subaru Impreza was westbound on I-70B at 30 Road around 2 a.m. when the driver failed to negotiate a curve, went airborne for more than 100 feet, overturned and ejected both occupants, the Colorado State Patrol said.
Mesa County Coroner Dean Havlik said Lamb and Kahle died of blunt force injuries and ruled their death an accident.
He said toxicology results showed both were intoxicated, and the State Patrol said it’s investigating alcohol and excessive speed as possible contributing factors.
The State Patrol is still investigating the accident, including the identity of the driver.
Numerous friends expressed their grief about the death on Lamb’s Facebook page.
“My heart hurts so bad, I am going to miss you kiddo,” read a comment from Pamela Duley-Smith. “You were a good man, wonderful father, awesome friend, and a great Marine. Semper Fi rest in peace. Love you always and forever.”
Lamb was a wonderful father to his three-year-old daughter, Smith said.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with Smith’s son, Darren, and was practically a member of the Smith family before the two young men joined the Marines.
“He was like a son to me,” Smith said.
“In fact, we just went shooting in the desert Saturday,” she said.
Lamb worked as a flowback operator at Tetra Technologies. He graduated from Fruita Monument High School and studied at Colorado Mesa University, she said.
The State Patrol said it appeared neither occupant was wearing a seat belt.
“The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind everyone to always wear your seat belt, no matter where you’re sitting in the vehicle,” Trooper Aaron Hall wrote in a news release. “It’s a decision that could save your life.”