Police release names of Silt crash victims

Authorities have released the names of those hospitalized in a two-vehicle collision north of Silt on Sunday.

Esther Kozak, 73, of Rifle, was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction with serious injuries after the Toyota minivan she was driving was struck on its driver’s side, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The accident occurred about 5:15 p.m. Sunday as Kozak was heading east with her husband on Silt Mesa Road, began to turn left onto Harvey Gap Road and was struck from behind by a Ford Bronco II.

The Ford’s driver, Douglas Dennis, 21, of Rifle, had been trying to pass Kozak on the left side in a no-passing zone, the State Patrol said.

His vehicle rolled once, ejecting passenger Wayne Sayers, 20, of Rifle. Sayers was admitted to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with serious injuries.

Dennis was treated and released from Valley View, and Kozak’s husband was treated and released from Grand River Medical Center in Rifle, the State Patrol said.

Dennis was cited for careless driving causing bodily injury.

Hospital officials could not be reached Monday for updated information on the conditions of Kozak and Sayers.


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