City Market truck driver might be charged with felony
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Colorado State Patrol is recommending a truck driver be charged with vehicular assault related to a Wednesday accident that sent a woman and two children to the hospital.
A City Market semi truck reportedly cut off an SUV on eastbound Interstate 70 near Mile 200, west of Frisco, about 2:05 p.m. Wednesday. According to witnesses, the semi was speeding in the right lane and hit the SUV when the truck driver attempted to move into the left lane. Both drivers lost control and the vehicles crashed into Tenmile Creek.
The SUV rolled in the crash and came to rest on its roof in the creek. The occupants were initially taken to Summit Medical Center. According to state patrol reports, the children, a 3-year-old boy and an 11-month-old girl, were restrained properly in child car seats.
The girl was treated and released Wednesday afternoon. The boy suffered a broken leg and was taken to Children’s Hospital in Denver and released later that day. The driver, 24-year-old Laurie Traeber, remains at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver and was listed in fair condition Thursday.
The Colorado State Patrol’s recommendation of felony vehicular assault against driver William Pringle of Westminster was sent to the district attorney, who will determine if a prosecution should be pursued.
Following the accident, the truck driver was stunned.
“I’ll probably have bruises tomorrow,” a visibly shaken Pringle said Wednesday at the accident site. “But I’m all adrenaline right now.”
But at least one witness wasn’t surprised at the frightening outcome. Leadville resident Pamela Mansfield, also driving a truck, was one of the first civilians on the scene. Mansfield said Pringle’s truck passed her and “he was flying.”
“I backed off – I could see something was going to happen,” Mansfield said. “I drive these roads all the time. When I see (stuff) like this, I wonder where they get their licenses. People are careless and going too fast.”
Assistant District Attorney Mark Hurlburt said Thursday he had not yet reviewed the information. He said prosecutors have four days from an arrest to reach a decision on filing charges.
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