Cops: Alcohol a factor in Patterson crash

Five kids hurt, one badly enough to be hospitalized; driver arrested

Five children were taken to area hospitals and one man is under arrest after a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Patterson and 27 1/2 Roads.

Alcohol is a suspected factor in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon that hospitalized one child and left four other children injured.

Edward Wildrick, 45, was arrested after the Ford Explorer he was driving hit a Dodge minivan with a woman and five children, ages 3 to 10, inside, said Kate Porras, spokeswoman with the Grand Junction Police Department.

Grand Junction police Cpl. Rob Dillon said Wildrick was arrested at the scene after he allegedly failed roadside sobriety tests.

Wildrick, who was not injured in the accident, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault, reckless driving resulting in injury, DUI, failure to stop at a red light and attempted hit and run.

One child inside the minivan may have broken bones because of the accident, Porras said. The woman driver and the other four children in the minivan were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with minor injuries, Porras added.

The SUV Wildrick was driving ran a red light while driving westbound on Patterson, slamming into the Dodge minivan that was turning east from 27 1/2 Road onto Patterson Road, according to the Police Department.

Traffic between 15th Street and 28 Road on Patterson Road was diverted until 7 p.m.


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