GJ woman dies in crash near Georgetown

A Grand Junction woman was killed Tuesday night when she was thrown from her Dodge Durango after the vehicle rolled into oncoming traffic lanes on Interstate 70 in Clear Creek County.

Cora Rocha, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash reported around 7:39 p.m. at milepost 222, near Georgetown, according to Colorado State Patrol trooper Josh Lewis.

Rocha was headed east when her Durango began rotating to the left into the median before jumping a guardrail and going across the westbound traffic lanes of I-70, Lewis said. The Durango came to a rest on its wheels on the shoulder of westbound I-70. No oncoming vehicles were struck during the roll, Lewis said.

A passenger, Jose Francisco-Rodriguez, 22, also of Grand Junction, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, according to Lewis.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors, Lewis said.

Excessive speed is considered a possible factor, he said.

Lewis said neither was wearing seat belts.


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