Baby boy killed in crash near Glenwood
A 1-year-old boy died in a car accident west of Glenwood Springs on Sunday morning after he was ejected from his car seat, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Isaac Alessandro was pronounced dead at the scene of the rollover, which happened about 6:30 a.m. along westbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 113.
Troopers say the boy’s mother, Joanne Echeverria, 19, of New Castle, was driving a 2009 Honda Civic when she lost control and the car hit the center median. The car rolled several times before landing on its wheels in the left westbound lane.
Isaac was thrown into the eastbound lanes of I-70. The baby was in his car seat in the back seat of the Civic, but the straps weren’t buckled around him, State Patrol spokesman Nate Reid said.
Echeverria was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with moderate to serious injuries, trooper said. A nurse at the hospital said Sunday afternoon she couldn’t release any information about Echeverria’s condition.
The accident, which closed one lane of westbound I-70 for two hours, is still under investigation. Neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor.
More than 90 percent of the car seats inspected by the Child Passenger Safety Team, a program administered by the State Patrol, have been installed improperly, according to the program’s website, http://www.carseatscolorado.com.
Grand Junction wreck
In a separate accident, at least two people were taken to the hospital after an accident around 7:30 a.m. along Interstate 70 west of the 22 Road interchange.
Initial reports indicated a man driving a Ford pickup may have broken his back in the accident. A Colorado State Patrol trooper didn’t return a call seeking comment Sunday afternoon.