Snowpacked roads thought to be factor
Two young children died in a car accident Saturday, March 9 on a snow-packed Highway 50 east of Gunnison.
According to a Colorado State Patrol report, at 8 a.m. the driver of a 2008 Chevy Cobalt traveling west on Highway 50 near Parlin lost control of the vehicle. “The Cobalt spun into the eastbound lane and was struck on its passenger side by an eastbound 1994 Chevrolet Beretta,” the report said.
“The Cobalt’s driver—22-year-old Jamie Dowling of Irving, Texas—was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained serious injuries” and was transported to Gunnison Valley Hospital, the report said.
“The vehicle’s two passengers, a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, were restrained at the time of the crash but sustained fatal injuries. The boy died at the scene, while the girl was pronounced dead at the local hospital,” the report states.
According to the report, 23-year-old Everardo Ento-Salida of Gunnison, who was driving the Beretta, was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries.
According to the report, excessive speed and alcohol and/or drug use are not suspected as contributing factors in the crash at this time. The snowpacked roadway had been plowed prior to the crash, and snow reportedly was falling at the time of the crash.
No charges have been filed in the accident.