Husband sues in death of wife in I-70 accident

The husband of a woman who was killed as she was trying to provide help after an accident on Interstate 70 last winter is seeking damages against the driver in the original accident and the driver who struck his wife.

Michael Soffel’s lawsuit in Mesa County District Court names as defendants Jack Vanhoose and Cea Ramiro, as well as Ramiro’s employer, Mays Concrete.

Around 7 a.m. Jan. 15, Christina Sterling-Soffel, 28, was struck by a car driven by Vanhoose in the westbound lanes of the freeway, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Sterling-Soffel was struck as she was crossing the freeway on foot to assist a driver in an accident in the eastbound lanes, according to reports.

The original accident was the result of a blown-out tire in the vehicle driven by Cea.
Vanhoose, Cea and Mays Concrete all denied responsibility for the accident.

Vanhoose braked and tried to swerve when he saw Sterling-Soffel in the roadway, court papers said.

“It’s obviously a very sad matter,” said Vanhoose’s attorney, Yeulin Willett. He said he couldn’t elaborate on the case.

Attorneys for Cea and Mays Concrete couldn’t be reached immediately for comment Tuesday.


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