CSP: Fatal crash occurred as police tried to stop driver
Police were attempting to pull over a suspected drunken driver who was not using headlights Monday night when the driver crashed into another vehicle, killing a 20-year-old Grand Junction woman, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Rebekah J. King was killed in the crash on F Road east of 29 1/2 Road after a vehicle driven by Henry D. Stoltman, 28, slammed into her.
Just moments before the crash, a Colorado State Patrol trooper and a Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy had spotted Stoltman driving the 1986 Dodge pickup without headlights.
Trooper Gary Schaff had activated his overhead lights and had gotten to within about 300 feet of Stoltman’s vehicle when the crash occurred, according to Sgt. Scott Simons of the Colorado State Patrol.
King was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, about 9:30.
According to an arrest affidavit, Stoltman told police he had drank 4 1/2 beers about a half hour before the crash. Police noticed a bottle of vodka on the floor of the passenger’s side of Stoltman’s truck, the affidavit said. Stoltman was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Stoltman was advised this afternoon in court on the most serious charge of vehicular homicide and was handed a $20,000 bond by a judge.