Driver, 35, ticketed in I-70 crash

A Clifton man who rolled his car into the median of Interstate 70 on Thursday was ticketed by authorities.

Robert Eatherton, 35, was cited on suspicion of careless driving and driving without proof of insurance, in connection with the crash reported Thursday afternoon at the Clifton interchange, State Trooper Josh Lewis said.

The crash briefly closed eastbound lanes.

Neither alcohol nor drug impairment is suspected.

Eatherton suffered serious injuries in the accident, which was reported at 3:23 p.m. after Eatherton’s eastbound 2004 Kia sedan hit a cement barrier, causing the car to roll before landing in the median.

Lewis said Friday that he didn’t know Eatherton’s condition. Eatherton wasn’t listed in the directories of St. Mary’s Hospital or Community Hospital.

According to Mesa County court records, a warrant was issued for Eatherton’s arrest Friday, alleging failure to appear on a case related to another traffic accident Nov. 20, 2013.

He was cited on suspicion of careless driving causing injury and driving with no proof of insurance, after the State Patrol said Eatherton struck a 1-year-old child as he was backing up a Chevrolet Suburban in the driveway of an Orchard Mesa home.

Investigation concluded that the child had exited the home without the family’s knowledge, prior to the child being struck.


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