Avon man hits police car during pass closure
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL” An Avon man hit a police car in Vail early Saturday morning when he lost control of his car on icy roads, police said.
James Penhale, 59 was driving eastbound on Interstate 70 when he struck the parked patrol car at mile marker 176 at the main Vail exit. The pass had been closed since earlier that morning due to bad weather.
Penhale was not injured in the accident and the police officer sitting in the patrol car had minor neck injuries and was transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Vail Police Officer Darren Anderson had closed the interstate to vehicles and had parked his Ford Explorer in the right lane of the interstate. His emergency lights were on to stop traffic and require all cars to exit, police said.
Investigators say Penhale approached the closure at an excessive rate of speed for the road conditions and was unable to stop. He hit multiple traffic cones and then struck Anderson’s patrol car.
Penhale received a summons for special hazards (speed too fast for conditions), careless driving, causing an accident with injuries, and driving with no proof of insurance.
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