Woman dies in highway crash
An early morning, two- vehicle crash Friday along U.S. Highway 50 near Whitewater claimed the life of one woman and caused serious injuries to another, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Troopers said a 1993 Lexus sedan traveling east on U.S. 50 near mile marker 40 left the right side of the highway. When the driver overcorrected, the Lexus crossed the eastbound lanes and the median and was struck by a westbound 2011 Subaru Outback.
The driver of the Lexus, identified by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office as 23-year-old Amanda Lynn Chavez, was not wearing a seat belt. She died at the scene.
The driver of the Subaru, a 45-year-old woman from Montrose who was wearing her seat belt, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
The identity of the Montrose driver was being withheld pending notification of her family.
The coroner’s office ruled Chavez’s death an accident, saying it was caused by multiple blunt force injuries.
The office said the speed of the vehicle and her failure to use a seat belt were factors in her death.
The State Patrol said the crash is under investigation and that drug use and excessive speed are being considered as contributing factors.
U.S. Highway 50 was partially closed for several hours because of the crash, which happened about 7:30 a.m.