Victims of high-speed Glenwood Springs crash identified
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado” The two victims in a deadly crash early Saturday morning have been identified as a man and woman from Wisconsin.
Jonathan P. Holum, 29, and Cora Weil, 23, both from Eau Claire, Wisc. were killed shortly after midnight when the Ford pickup Holum was driving crashed on Highway 82 during a high-speed pursuit with two Colorado State Patrol troopers.
Around 12:30 a.m. a trooper witnessed a vehicle weaving across the center line near mile marker 10 south of Glenwood Springs
According to a news release, the trooper tried to pull over the Ford pickup with Wisconsin license plates but the driver failed to stop for a mile. Once stopped, the trooper contacted the Holum. The trooper suspected that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and returned to her patrol car when a second trooper arrived on scene.
As the first trooper approached the vehicle a second time, the driver of the Ford fled the scene at approximately 12:37 a.m. The troopers initiated a pursuit of the Ford which lasted approximately five minutes.
During the short, intense pursuit speeds reached as high as 90 mph. With speeds dropping to around 60 mph, the news release said that Holum deliberately tried to force a patrol car off the left side of the roadway into the median by ramming it. Holum lost control of the Ford spinning sideways before rolling near mile marker 4. The crash occurred at approximately 12:42 a.m. Neither of the two occupants were wearing seat belts and both were ejected from the vehicle.
Weil was pronounced dead at the scene. Holum was transported to Valley View Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:11 a.m.
The road conditions at the time of the pursuit were clear and the traffic volume was light-to-non existent, according to the news release. The initiating trooper is a certified driving instructor and a supervisor with the CSP.
Neither trooper was injured. The names of the troopers have not been released.
CSP spokesman David Hall said in a Post Independent story on Sunday that this was a tragedy that could have been avoided.
“Number one, you should never drink and drive. Number two you should always wear your seat belt, and number three you should never try and elude law enforcement,” he added.