Rollover Crash Near Hazen Results in Fatal


Sgt. J.R. Mullins

District 2- Vehicular Crimes Unit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:              DATE: 5/9/2013    TIME:  3:00 P.M.


The Colorado State Patrol responded to a report of a fatal injury crash this morning (May 9th) that
was believed to have occurred the night before.  Shortly before 8:00 this morning, the Colorado
State Patrol received a report that a vehicle had been located on its roof, down an embankment in
Bent County. The crash occurred on US Highway 50, milepost 400, at the off ramp with Colorado 194,
or just east of the town of Las Animas. A black 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer traveled off the right
side of the roadway, across the off ramp for Colorado 194 and collided with a guardrail.  The
vehicle traveled over the guardrail and went airborne. While airborne, the vehicle collided with
three trees, causing it to rotate ½ time and roll ½ time. The vehicle landed approximately 50 feet
down an embankment on its roof.  The driver, Roger Hazen (Age 59, of Aurora, Colorado) was
pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by the Bent County Coroner. He was not wearing his
seat belt. Hazen is believed to have been traveling near 70 miles per hour in a stepped down speed
limit of 45 miles per hour.  Unfamiliarity with location is considered a contributing factor in the
crash. Drugs are not suspected to be involved in the crash. It is unknown at this time as to
whether alcohol played a factor in the crash.  At this time, the State Patrol believes the crash
occurred around 10:00 the night before (May 8, 2013).