Man dies in another Highway 9 collision
GREEN MOUNTAIN RESERVOIR – Colorado State Police (CSP) have arrested the driver of the 1993 Mercury Tracer which was involved in a Highway 9 accident with a tanker truck Thursday that killed three of his passengers.
The driver, Juraj Polercky, 22, suffered only cuts and was arrested by police in Summit County
CSP Cpl. Joe Hurt said Polercky was unable to post bond on Friday and remained in custody. Charges could include careless driving causing death, said Capt. Ron Prater, head of the Silverthorne-based CSP detachment.
John Hammang of Thornton, driver of the 1999 Kenworth tanker truck, who turned 30 Thursday, faces charges after police complete speed tests at the crash scene, possibly as early as today.
Hammang suffered no injuries and also was wearing his seat belt. He was driving a tanker truck owned by Utah’s Basin Western Trucking company.
The tanker truck and the Tracer were southbound on Highway 9 near Green Mountain Reservoir when the accident occurred at 9:20 a.m. near maker 121, the CSP reported.
Hammang had already started to pass the Tracer and one other vehicle when Polercky also pulled into the passing lane, in front of the truck. Police said it was a legal passing zone.
The Tracer spun into the tanker and rolled multiple times on the east side of the highway.
Friday, police released the names of the three deceased women and one other surviving passenger in the Tracer.
All lived in Steamboat and were from the Slovak Republic in central Europe. They had valid work permits and were in their early 20s, according to the accident report.
Nina Huskova, 22, was sitting in the middle of the back seat before being thrown from the vehicle. Huskova was pronounced dead on the scene by arriving medical personnel.
Monika Grigova, 23, was sitting in the back right seat, before also being ejected from the car. After being rushed to Summit Medical Center by Summit County Ambulance, Grigova was pronounced dead two hours after the accident.
Miriana Feketova, 21, sat in the back left corner of the vehicle and also was ejected by the impact. She died four hours after the crash after being taken by Flight for Life to Saint Anthony’s Medical Center in Denver.
Police said Thursday the passengers may not have been killed had they been wearing seat belts.
The front-seat passenger, Gabriel Stasko, 22, suffered minor injuries.
The CSP said it was not pursuing the driver of the third vehicle, which troopers determined not to be involved with the crash.
– Andy Stonehouse contributed to this story.
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