Names released in collision near Loma

The Colorado State Patrol on Sunday released the names of three of the four people involved in a two-vehicle accident Saturday night near Loma, as the condition of at least one of the victims improved.

Bailey Westcott, a 16-year-old Grand Junction girl who was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Mustang, was in good condition Sunday evening at St. Mary’s Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Arthur Shires, 44, and Clayton Shires, 13, both of Fruita, were the occupants of a 2000 Lincoln limousine, according to State Patrol Sgt. Mike Baker. Arthur Shires, the driver, was thrown from the limousine but sustained minor injuries. Clayton Shires was seriously injured, Baker said.

The Shireses, too, were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital but were not listed as patients as of Sunday evening, according to the hospital. That likely means they either have been released from the hospital or their names were removed from the patient registry.

The State Patrol has not yet released the name of the 16-year-old Glade Park boy who was driving the Mustang. He suffered serious injuries. An update on his condition wasn’t available Sunday night.

The accident happened just before midnight Friday on Colorado Highway 139 at N Road. The Mustang was headed west on N Road when the driver ignored a stop sign at the intersection and his vehicle rammed the limousine, which was northbound on Colorado 139, according to the State Patrol.

The Mustang spun and went off the west side of the road into a home’s front yard, catching fire. The limousine spun and rolled onto its right side, sliding into a wooden power pole, according to the State Patrol.

Westcott was wearing a seat belt. Neither Arthur nor Clayton Shires was wearing a seat belt, Baker said.

Alcohol is considered a contributing factor in the crash.


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