Questions on a fatality

The tragic death early Sunday morning of 18-year-old Samantha Ann Loy is a terrible loss to her family and friends. But the fact she was stopped and questioned by a Fruita police officer a half-hour before she crashed her vehicle on Interstate 70 east of Fruita, combined with the fact that a family member says Loy had been drinking, raise serious questions about whether Loy should have been allowed to keep driving.

The results of a blood-alcohol test have not yet been released, and Fruita police officer Nick Peck said he detected nothing to indicate Loy was impaired by alcohol or drug use. However, the Mesa County Coroner’s report said alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Colorado State Patrol officers say it’s possible Loy was attempting to compose and send a text message when her car careened off the highway. She was not wearing a seat belt and was killed when she was thrown from the vehicle.

So, was she wearing a seat belt when Peck stopped her for minor traffic violations? Was a roadside sobriety test performed? And, since alcohol was a factor, according to the coroner, where did the underage woman obtain it?

We hope Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo and the State Patrol will investigate all these questions thoroughly as they continue to examine the events that led to Samantha Loy’s death.


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