Teen crash victim was well over adult limit
18-year-old’s blood-alcohol level was .195 when she died
The 18-year-old Grand Junction woman who died in a single-car accident Feb. 8 after being stopped by a Fruita police officer had more than double the legal limit of alcohol in her system, authorities said.
Samantha Loy had a blood-alcohol content of 0.195 percent, Colorado State Patrol Capt. Ed Clark said Tuesday.
A driver is considered intoxicated under Colorado law with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent. It’s also illegal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol in Colorado.
Loy, known to her friends as “Sammy,” died when she was flung from the driver’s side window of her car as she was driving east from Fruita on Interstate 70 near mile marker 23 about 1:30 a.m.
About a half-hour before, Fruita police officer Nick Peck had stopped Loy at South Mesa and Lexington avenues for two minor traffic violations.
“I did not observe any indicators of alcohol or drug impairment,” Peck wrote in his report.
Loy told Peck that she was having difficulty finding where a friend lived.
Peck suggested she wait in a nearby parking lot and wait for her friend to lead her to the house, Fruita police said in a news release.
Peck was one of the first officers on the scene minutes later when Loy’s vehicle was found in the median of the interstate near the 20 Road overpass.
Passersby trying to help were told by officers that they knew the woman was alone in the car because, “We just stopped her,” family members said they were told.
Peck was shaken by the incident and was “having a hard time dealing with it,” Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo said in the news release.
The State Patrol’s investigation is complete, Clark said.
Investigators said they were looking into the possibility Loy might have been sending a text message on her cell phone at the time of the accident.
“We have not been able to confirm that,” Clark said. “Her phone was set on auto-delete,” meaning it deleted messages as soon as they were sent.
Without a criminal case to pursue, he said, there was no sense in seeking a subpoena for her phone records.