UPDATE: 1 dead in suspected DUI crash after fireworks show

GRAND LAKE — A suspected drunken driver crashed into a family on their way back from watching a July Fourth fireworks show, killing a man and injuring his wife and three of their children, authorities said today.

Fifty-year-old Greg Westley of Estes Park was killed after he was struck by a 2006 Ford pickup truck while walking on U.S. Highway 34 around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. His wife Debbie and three of their children, ranging in age from 3 to 19, were flown to Denver hospitals for treatment. Their five other children weren’t hurt.

The pickup driver, 33-year-old Lucas Ackerman of Grand Lake, was being held on suspicion of driving under the influence. Other charges are possible after the Colorado State Patrol completes its investigation, Trooper Josh Lewis said.

The other members of the Westley family injured were a 10-year-old girl with minor-to-moderate injuries who was taken Denver Health and a 19-year-old female and 3-year-old boy who were taken to Children’s Hospital with serious injuries. All are expected to recover.

A woman and children were riding in Ackerman’s truck but they weren’t injured.

The highway was closed to all but intermittent traffic for over four hours after the crash, delaying drivers who were leaving the fireworks show.


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