Teen drunk in triple-fatal canyon crash

A teenager behind the wheel of an Audi who was killed along with two passengers in Glenwood Canyon earlier this month had consumed more than three times Colorado’s legal limit for alcohol while driving.

The driver, Brianda Zavala, 18, of Glenwood Springs, registered a blood-alcohol concentration of .241 percent, according to a toxicology report released Tuesday by the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.

Zavala on April 14 was wearing her seatbelt when the Audi she driving — headed east in the westbound lane of Interstate 70 — collided head-on with a King Soopers-owned semi tractor-trailer at mile marker 129, about 13 miles east of Glenwood Springs, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The crash was reported at 5:30 a.m.

The area is currently a construction zone where all I-70 eastbound traffic is shifted into the usual westbound lanes, creating one lane of traffic in each direction.

Jennifer Nevarez, 16, of Carbondale, and Albino Ortiz-Monge, 24, of Gypsum, were in the back seat of the Audi and were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision. All three occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.

The semi driver, Peter Zhuchok, 54, of Aurora, wasn’t injured.


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