Victims of fatal El Jebel crash ID’d
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The identities of the two victims in Tuesday’s fatal crash on Highway 82 were released Wednesday by the Garfield County Coroner’s office.
The male driver of the car was Elizeo Trinidad, 21. The female passenger was Noemy Ramos, whose age wasn’t available. Local addresses for the victims were unknown.
Garfield County deputy coroner Steve Pollard said Trinidad’s body was being sent to Mexico for burial and that relatives had arranged to have Ramos sent to El Salvador.
Trinidad and Ramos were killed when their 2000 Kia Sephia slammed into a modular trailer that was being hauled across Highway 82 about 1 mile east of Catherine Store.
A Kenworth truck driven by Mark Chamness, 48, of Littleton, was attempting to turn onto the eastbound lanes of the highway. While he was stopped for traffic, the trailer stuck out broadside into the westbound or downvalley lanes. The car T-boned the trailer. Chamness was cited for multiple violations by the Colorado State Patrol. He was unhurt in the crash.
A third person in the car was identified by authorities as Julio Hernandez-Mendoza. He was airlifted Tuesday from Glenwood Springs to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where he was in critical condition.
None of the three occupants of the car was wearing a seat belt, the state patrol said.