Trooper J. Lewis
Public Information Officer
Colorado State Patrol Trooper injured investigating crash
ADAMS COUNTY, CO - A Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol was seriously injured when a 1996 Ford van hit her Patrol car while she was investigating a crash. On December 19 at approximately 2245 hours () Trooper Adeline Roybal was parked on the left shoulder and median of Interstate 70, mile marker 292 westbound in a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria. A second patrol vehicle, a 2012 Dodge Charger, was parked in front of her. The Ford van, going westbound in the left lane, traveled onto the left shoulder of the roadway before its front collided with Roybals Patrol vehicle. The van rotated and hit the Dodge Charger. The force of the crash pushed the Crown Victoria into the Dodge Charger, into the median, and against the cable rail. The Dodge Charger, unoccupied at the time of the crash, was pushed forward. Both Patrol vehicles had their emergency lights activated at the time of the crash.
Trooper Roybal was taken via ambulance to Aurora South with serious injuries. The driver of the van, Mr. Ricardo Guzman, 40, of Denver, was also taken via ambulance to Aurora South with serious injuries. A 46 year old male passenger in the van was taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries. Trooper Roybal has since been released from the hospital; she is not available for comment. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Neither occupant of the van was restrained.
The crash remains under investigation at this time. On-scene investigators believe driving too fast for conditions was a factor. There was ice on the roadway. Mr. Guzman has not yet been cited but charges are pending. Drugs and/or alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.
The crash Trooper Roybal was investigating also involved a vehicle that went off the roadway going too fast for the conditions.
As a reminder it is the law to move over at least one lane and/or slow down significantly when approaching a stationary emergency or maintenance vehicle. Given that weather in Colorado can change very quickly, drivers should anticipate changing road conditions and adjust their driving behaviors accordingly.
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