Police flooded with leads on hit-and-run semi driver
SILVERTHORNE – Police say they have some credible leads in their search for a trucker who left the scene of a fatal accident Tuesday night.
“We’ve gotten in excess of 50 calls since the accident happened,” said Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Jon Sanders, who is based in the Silverthorne CSP office. “We’re investigating all those to see if we have anything substantial there. We’re not yet looking at any specific individuals or companies.
“We’re looking nationally for him. We’ve contacted most of the facilities that repair semi tractor trailers to have them be on the watch for us.”
The trucker was making an illegal U-turn from eastbound to westbound I-70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel when a Dodge truck slammed into his trailer. The impact killed the driver of the pickup, 30-year-old Brian Neveln, and seriously injured a 15-year-old boy. The boy’s 41-year-old father, Jeffrey Sanders, escaped with minor injuries.
The trucker fled the scene, but Sanders said the driver was well aware that a collision had occurred.
“He stopped down the road about a mile west of where the crash happened, removed some truck parts from underneath his semi trailer and kept going, so he knows,” Sanders said.
Authorities later found those parts, which included pieces of the Dodge truck and the trailer’s ICC bar, a steel bar usually located underneath a trailer to prevent vehicles from going underneath it.
Authorities have limited information on the semi but know it was hauling a Trailmobile brand trailer that is now severely damaged.
To report any information on the semitrailer, call the Colorado State Patrol at (970) 668-3133 or the CSP’s 24-hour dispatch center at (970) 824-6501.
Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
To Report Information to CSP
To report any information on the semitrailer involved in
Tuesday night’s accident, call the Colorado State Patrol at (970) 668-3133 or the CSP’s 24-hour dispatch center at (970) 824-6501.
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