GYPSUM — A Denver man sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a pick-up truck traveling along U.S. Highway 6 between Eagle and Gypsum during the early morning hours Friday.
According to Sgt. Shawn Olmstead of the Colorado State Patrol, the accident occurred at 3:15 a.m. Efren Salinas, 51, of Carbondale was driving a 1993 Dodge Dakota westbound along Highway 6 when he hit a pedestrian who was walking in the westbound travel lane. Pedestrian Ernie Stanton, 30, of Denver, was about 4.5 feet in the lane when the collision occurred, according to Olmstead’s report. The report also noted that Salinas was traveling at approximately 40 mph at the time of the collision and the posted speed limit in the area is 55 mph.
At impact, Stanton was thrown approximately 26 feet westward. Salinas immediately stopped, rendered aid and called 911. Emergency crews treated Stanton at the scene and he was transported to Valley View Hospital, where his injuries were listed as serious, but not life threatening.
Stanton was cited for his failure to walk safely along the roadway and for walking while intoxicated. Salinas was not charged with any violations.