Driver improves after Avon crash |

Driver improves after Avon crash

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” A driver who witnesses said was speeding and then crashed on Interstate 70 near Wal-Mart was in serious condition in a Denver hospital Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Tara Edwards, 36, of Aurora, was taken in an ambulance from Vail Valley Medical Center, where she was in critical condition Wednesday, to Denver Health Medical Center, where her condition improved, authorities said.

Edwards lost control of a black Saturn Ion as she was driving west on the interstate around 4 p.m. Wednesday and rolled two-and-a-half times through the median, Sgt. Richard Armstrong of the Colorado State Patrol said. The car stopped in the shoulder of the east lanes, Armstrong said.

Alcohol is suspected in the crash because the woman smelled like alcohol when Armstrong saw her in the hospital, he said. Test results from blood samples taken from the woman will not be available for at least a couple weeks, he said.

A witness said that Edwards was driving around 80 miles per hour where the speed limit was 65, Armstrong said.

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