Grassy median on I-70 should have let driver avoid fatal wrong-way crash
August 1, 2017
The grassy median that separates the east and westbound lanes on Interstate 70 should have provided more than enough room for the average driver to stop or correct a vehicle's trajectory. Instead, a pickup driver shot across the median Sunday into oncoming traffic killing himself and another driver.
But in the wake of the five-vehicle crash, which also injured six others, the Colorado Department of Transportation is examining crash data from the past 20 years, paying particular attention to the last five years, said Stacia Sellers, CDOT spokeswoman.
"We will take a closer look to see if there is anything we can install" to improve safety on that stretch of road. The grassy median in that area ranges from 75 to 90 feet wide.
Jeffery Stumpf, 54, was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet pickup truckheading west when he drove across the median and collided with four eastbound vehicles.
Colorado State Patrol troopers found an empty quarter pint bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and an unopened container of beer in the truck, said Trooper Nate Reid, CSP spokesman.