Vail Valley holiday DUI crackdown honors victims |

Vail Valley holiday DUI crackdown honors victims

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – This holiday season the multi-agency Gore Range DUI Taskforce crackdown on impaired drivers in Colorado’s Vail Valley will be dedicated to Jake Brock and Barbara Barben, innocent victims, who lost their lives due to drunk driving.

Brock, an Eagle County resident, was killed by a drunk driver on March 23, 2007 in Clifton, Colo., when he and his girlfriend were hit by a drunk driver eluding officers. The intoxicated driver survived the crash.

Brock was born Nov. 23, 1988, to Marilyn and Vern Brock, brother to Kathryn and Weston, residents of Eagle County. He would have celebrated his 21st birthday this past November.

Barben, 69, mother to former Vail police officer Paul Barben, was killed while crossing the street in Denver on Sept. 14. The driver who hit her is currently in the Denver County Jail awaiting trial for vehicular homicide. The driver had also been arrested once before for DUI in 2001.She visited her son while living in the Vail area from 1995-2003 and particularly loved Beaver Creek and Avon.

The map at depicts the arrests the task force has made all over the County in 2008 and 2009.

Federal statistics show nearly 13,000 people in 2007 were killed in U.S. highway crashes with an illegal blood alcohol count of .08 or higher.

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