Girl victim of I-70B collision died on 5th birthday

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Family and friends of Breiana Jamison placed a cross at the southwest corner of the intersection of Interstate 70 Business Loop and 31 1/2 Road,  where the child died in a collision Saturday.

The Colorado State Patrol said Monday it is still investigating a traffic accident that injured four people and killed a girl who was celebrating her fifth birthday.

Breiana Jamison was pronounced dead at the scene after being thrown from a 1975 International Scout in a collision Saturday evening with another vehicle at the intersection of the Interstate 70 Business Loop and 31 1/2 Road. The Scout was driven by 22-year-old Shelly Jamison of Clifton, State Trooper Nate Reid said.

Reid said he didn’t know the relationship between the two, but messages posted to Facebook since the accident said Shelly Jamison is the girl’s mother.

The State Patrol said Shelly Jamison suffered serious injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital. A hospital spokesman said Monday that Jamison was not listed in a patient directory.

Reid said the other passengers were Jacob Williams, 27, of Clifton, along with a 2-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. All were hospitalized with mostly minor injuries.

The State Patrol said Edward Saklak Jr., 59, of Grand Junction, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Astro van west on I-70B, and was attempting a turn onto 31 1/2 Road, when it struck the Scout, which was eastbound on I-70B.

Breiana Jamison was not restrained in the Scout and was thrown when the vehicle rolled, Reid said.

Saklak was not injured.

Reid said both the Scout and Astro van entered the intersection on yellow lights. Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be factors.

Williams, who identified himself in a Facebook posting as the girl’s father, wrote that the accident happened as the family was driving home after Breiana Jamison and another daughter were treated with ice cream on their birthdays. Breiana Jamison attended kindergarten at Clifton Elementary School, where administrators Monday sent students home with letters to parents suggesting tips for coping with the tragedy, said School District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland.


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