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Deadly weekend for Colorado highways

DENVER ” At least seven people died and several others were hurt over the weekend in unrelated traffic crashes on Colorado highways.

The deadly crashes began early Saturday, when a Mercedes-Benz convertible went through a stop sign in Jefferson County and hit rocks, trees and a fence before going airborne for about 125 feet, the state patrol said. The driver, 22-year-old Adam Campbell, and 25-year-old passenger Justin Westdahl, both of Arvada, were killed.

Campbell’s older brother Chase said his brother was a year away from graduating with a business degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He had talked about joining the Peace Corps after graduation.



“He was a very smart and witty kid,” Chase Campbell said.

In the other crashes:



“A 76-year-old man died Sunday afternoon after his car veered off the Pikes Peak Highway near the summit in El Paso County. His car left the highway ” the highest toll road in the world ” as he was coming down the mountain and crashed in a rocky ravine below, Colorado Springs police said. The man, whose name wasn’t released, was the only person in the car.

“A tractor-trailer carrying 205 barrels of crude oil collided with five cows on Colorado 66 in Weld County Sunday morning, killing the 41-year-old passenger and spilling about 200 gallons of fuel, the state patrol said.

Jolie Kirshner, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died in the crash, Trooper Don Moseman said. The driver, Arthur Anton, also of Cheyenne, suffered moderate injuries. All five cows also were killed.

Both people were wearing seat belts. Authorities don’t suspect excessive speed or alcohol as factors in the crash.

A State Patrol Hazardous Materials Unit cleaned up the 200 gallons of oil that leaked into a ditch by Sunday afternoon, Moseman said.

“Joshua Michael Gonzalez, 18, of Westminster, died early Sunday while apparently trying to beat a train at a crossing in Commerce City. Officers found him inside a Chevrolet Blazer that had been pushed several blocks on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

“The gates were down and the lights were flashing,” Police spokesman Cesar Berumen said.

“In Larimer County, the Colorado State Patrol was investigating whether drugs were involved in a crash Saturday that killed a Denver man and injured three others on Colorado 287.

Moseman said 18-year-old Amber Maisel, of Littleton, was trying to make a U-turn in a Honda Civic with four passengers when a GMC sport-utility vehicle broadsided the car. Joseph Cochrane, 22, was killed.

“In Douglas County, Mark Stegman, 54, of Colorado Springs, died when his motorcycle sideswiped a car and ran off Colorado 67 Saturday afternoon.


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