‘Distraction’ caused fatal accident Tuesday | VailDaily.com

‘Distraction’ caused fatal accident Tuesday

Scott N. Miller
Bret Hartman/Vail DailyPolice say a distraction may have caused an accident that was fatal to a pedestrian Tuesday morning in Avon.

EAGLE – Police are still trying to determine what distracted Colleen Moore just before a Tuesday accident that killed an Avon woman.For now, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Shawn Olmstead says Moore, 21, of Gypsum, was distracted by something as she was driving east on Highway 6 Tuesday morning about 10:20 a.m. In front of the Riverview Apartments, the pickup Moore was driving veered across the westbound lanes, hit a stop sign, then hit and killed 24-year-old Maria Estrada of Avon. The truck hit some rocks before finally slamming into a tree.Funeral arrangements have not yet been set for Estrada. Mary Kerst of the Everett Family Funeral Home in Gypsum said Estrada’s parents were flying into the valley from Mexico Wednesday afternoon.Moore, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center. She was treated for what Olmstead called “minor” injuries and released. Drugs or alcohol have been ruled out as possible causes of the accident.”If she hadn’t been wearing a seat belt, it could have been much worse,” Olmstead said.”Speed and inattentive driving” caused the accident, according to a report filed by Trooper Brian Koch, who is investigating the accident.”We’re still trying to determine what distracted her,” Olmstead said. Moore could be charged with careless driving causing death, but the Eagle County District Attorney’s office has not yet received the accident report.Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or smiller@vaildaily.com.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado

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