Three in Denver family killed in Wyoming crash
DENVER – Three members of a prominent Denver family on their way to visit relatives for Christmas died in a car crash on an icy stretch of Interstate 80 in Wyoming on Saturday.John Parr, 59, a leader in the public interest movement who also advised mayors and governors, his wife, journalist Sandra Widener, 53, and daughter Chase, 19, were killed after their car was hit by a tractor-trailer six miles west of Rawlins, the Wyoming Highway Patrol said Sunday. The only one to survive the crash, 17-year-old Katy, was taken to a Casper hospital in critical condition.Chase was a sophomore at Wesleyan University in Connecticut who had a gift for singing, performing in “Fiddler in the Roof” in her senior year at East High School in Denver, said Parr’s niece, Kathryn Pfaltzgraff McAllister of Newport News, Va. Katy is a senior at East High.Parr, the co-founder of Denver-based Civic Results, served as president of the National Civic League from 1985 to 1995 and was the founding director of Colorado Common Cause. Under his leadership in 1972, Colorado Common Cause worked to pass the state’s Sunshine Law, among the first in the nation to require government meetings to be open to the public and lobbyists to report their spending.Mother found guilty in death of 10-month-old sonBOULDER – A mother whose 10-week-old son died after being taken to a hospital with 30 broken bones was found guilty Friday of child abuse resulting in death.Prosecutors said Molly Midyette waited too long to get medical care for her son Jason.Jurors deliberated just 6 1/2 hours following a two-week trial.She mouthed “my life is over,” then took off a necklace and handed it to a family member before being led away in handcuffs to the Boulder County Justice Center.Skier rescued after stomping ‘Help’ in the snowSNOWMASS – A skier who got lost in a drainage after leaving Snowmass Ski Area boundaries is uninjured, Pitkin County sheriff’s officials said.She was rescued after stomping “Help” into the snow Saturday.”She was just happy to be out of the area,” sheriff’s office spokesman Mario Strobl said.Rescuers began looking for her after the sheriff’s office received a report of a single ski track going into the drainage at about 3:30 p.m. She was rescued around 6 p.m.The skier, whose name was not available, is a two-year local resident, Strobl said.Friends, family remember 7-year-old girl who died after beatingJOHNSTOWN – A 7-year-old girl who died after what police say was a beating that imitated the “Mortal Kombat” video game was remembered at a candlelight vigil as someone who made people laugh.”She could always put a smile on anyone’s face,” Samantha Simonetti, 11, said of her friend and neighbor Zoe Garcia.A crowd of about 100 attended the vigil Sunday night at an elementary school in Johnstown.Police say Zoe died Dec. 6 after being kicked, karate chopped on her shoulders and wrestled.
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