Educator dies, others injured in accident

A Roaring Fork Re-1 School District educator was killed and her standout-athlete son was seriously injured in an accident in Eagle County today, acquaintances of the family say.

Paula Marr died and her son, Vinny, was being treated in Denver.

The Colorado State Patrol said an accident occurred around 10:05 a.m. when a Chevy Avalanche pickup truck went out of control at mile marker 152 east of Eagle and went off the right side of the roadway. It rolled one and a half times, ending up on its roof.

The State Patrol did not give the names of those involved in the accident but said a female who was in the rear seat was pronounced dead on the scene by the Eagle County coroner. The driver and another passenger, both males, were taken to Vail Valley Medical Center with moderate to serious injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, the State Patrol said.

Re-1 interim superintendent Diana Sirko and Mike Schneiter, Vinny’s Glenwood Springs High School cross-country coach, both said he was airlifted to Denver.

The State Patrol said the crash cause is still under investigation but alcohol and drugs weren’t considered factors at this time and it appeared all of the cars’ occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Paula’s husband, Scott, teaches at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. They also have a younger son. It was unclear today who else was in the car.

Schneiter said one of the Marrs had parents in Denver, and he assumes they were headed there for the holiday.

Said Sirko, “It’s awful. It’s just one of those terrible things that’s a nightmare for everybody.”

Paula Marr worked for the district many years. She had been a math teacher and then did staff development and was an instructional leader for secondary staff.

Said Sirko, “This is a loss that will be felt throughout the district because of her impact on educators throughout the district. Our hearts certainly go out to the family and our prayers are with them. Certainly their older son, we wish him a full recovery.”

Schneiter said he got to know Vinny well this year because Vinny was the team’s only qualifier for the state meet.

“I think he’s got big plans, too, for running in college. Gosh, I hope he’s OK,” Schneiter said.

According to a posting by his brother on Vinny’s Facebook page, Vinny is expected to fully recover.





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