State patrol recognizes motorists |

State patrol recognizes motorists

SILVERTHORNE – Without seat belts, they wouldn’t have been able to accept the awards – because they probably wouldn’t have been around to receive them.

Friday, the local troop of the Colorado State Patrol honored three women for buckling up. CSP Capt. Ron Prater presented “Seat Belt Survivor” certificates to Catrina Mullins, Nicole Davis and Sonya Petrik.

On May 4, 2002, the state patrol received a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Eagle County. Minutes later, troopers received an unfortunate update – a one-car rollover just west of Copper Mountain.

The women were traveling westbound on I-70 when they came upon the wrong-way driver. Attempting to avoid the car, the women careened off the left side of the interstate, rolled several times and came to rest on the bike path underneath the eastbound traffic.

The women were taken to hospitals for treatment, but all of them were wearing seat belts and recovered.

The driver of the other car left the scene and was arrested by CSP troopers in Eagle County. He was later convicted of vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury and driving under the influence. He is serving a six-year sentence in prison.

“Without the use of these safety restraint devices, the end result could have been catastrophic,” Capt. Prater said.

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