Woman dies in car crash in Summit County
Vail, CO Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado – A Houston woman staying in Breckenridge was killed in a two-car crash on Highway 9 around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday near Summit High School.
Stephanie Phillips, 28, was in the passenger’s seat of a rented Hyundai Elantra when the driver, Richard Hsu, lost control of the car and went into the opposite lane of traffic, according to Colorado State Patrol officials. An oncoming Honda Pilot smashed into the rental car’s passenger side. Phillips died from blunt force trauma with internal bleeding, and Hsu was seriously injured.
The driver of the Honda was not injured.
Phillips was wearing her seatbelt but the Pilot’s “intrusion into the passenger side of the rental car was significant,” according to a statement from the Summit County Coroner’s Office. Phillips and Hsu were traveling southbound on Highway 9 at mile marker 94 when they went into the northbound lane and were hit by the Honda Pilot.
Officials said alcohol does not appear to be a factor, but they are looking at other possible causes including weather conditions, speed and possibly distracted driving.
Highway 9 was closed from the high school to Peak One Circle for a little under an hour following the crash.
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