Local teen in fair condition after crash | VailDaily.com

Local teen in fair condition after crash

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE ” A 16-year-old girl rolled a car when she was driving east on Interstate 70 near Gypsum Wednesday afternoon, according to a Colorado State Patrol news release.

Jessica Santoro lost control of the 1996 Honda Accord, which skidded into the grass median and rolled twice about 2 p.m., authorities said.

The vehicle stopped on its wheels in the right lane of westbound Interstate 70, the release said.

Santoro was taken by ambulance to Valley View Medical Center in Glenwood Springs then airlifted to Swedish Medical Center in Denver.

Santoro, who was wearing her seat belt, was in fair condition Thursday afternoon, said Julie Lonborg, spokeswoman for Swedish Medical Center.

Santoro is the daughter of Jerry Santoro, principal of Eagle Valley Middle School in Eagle.

Jessica was in the intensive care unit Wednesday night and woke up Thursday morning, said Brooke Skjonsby, spokeswoman for Eagle County School District.

She did not remember her accident but she remembered her parents, Skjonsby said.

“She was wearing her seat belt and that’s what saved her life, they told her,” said Skjonsby, referring to e-mail updates she received from Jerry Santoro.

Jessica is a brilliant, well-liked young woman, said Chief Jon Asper of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to her because she’s a really neat lady,” Asper said.

The Colorado State Patrol reported charges are pending in the accident, but Capt. Richard Duran said he did not have information on what those charges might be because the accident was still under investigation.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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