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I-70 accident victim identified

Kimberly Nicoletti

SUMMIT COUNTY – Tanya Johnson, a 41-year-old woman from Centennial, died of head and chest injuries when her Camaro collided with a semi at 5:05 p.m. Saturday just past mile marker 210 on Interstate 70, authorities said.

She was headed westbound in the left lane, and the driver of the semi, 51-year-old Brad Gillilano, was headed westbound in the right lane.

When Johnson swerved to the right, her car rotated then slid broadside to the left into the rear, right-hand side of the semi-trailer, according to the Colorado State Patrol’s accident report.

The accident report team estimated Johnson was driving 107 mph at the time of the accident, said Joe Hurt of the Colorado State Patrol.

According to marks on the pavement, Johnson did not try to use her brakes, said Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.

Her car traveled 800 feet after impact and came to a complete stop on the right shoulder of westbound I-70.

“Speed and possibly alcohol contributed to the accident,” Hurt said.

Johnson’s car was totaled. The semi suffered minor damage, and Gillilano, from Springfield, Mo., was not hurt.

Johnson was not wearing a seat belt; Gillilano was wearing one, the report said.

Paramedics determined she was dead at 5:35 p.m.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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