Chain-reaction accident in I-25 cone zone kills one
By Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
Posted: 04/24/2009 10:50:54 AM MDT
Updated: 04/24/2009 02:41:46 PM MDT
A chain-reaction accident in a construction zone on Interstate 25 near Mead late Thursday killed a 51-year-old motorcyclist from Arvada.
The dead motorist was not identified pending notification of her next of kin.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, a 1995 Cadillac Deville, a Suzuki motorcycle, a BMW motorcycle and a 2007 Toyota Corolla were southbound in the right-hand lane of I-25 at about 10 p.m. Thursday in the construction zone.
The left lane was closed.
The Cadillac came to a stop and both the BMW and Suzuki motorcycles had almost stopped behind the Cadillac when the Toyota Corolla slammed into the BMW motorcycle and then hit the Cadillac.
The BMW motorcycle went off the right side of the road and caught fire. The Suzuki motorcycle, which had been clipped by the BMW, went off the left side of the road.
The female driver of the BMW died at the scene. The driver of the Suzuki motorcycle, Gregory J. Cock, 43, of Arvada, was uninjured.
The driver of the Cadillac, Forrest E. Kelley, 62, of Aurora, and his passenger, Aleta C. Kelley, 60, were not injured.
The driver of the Toyota, Valerie S. Rudnick Vagher, 49, of Aurora, was not hurt.
The patrol said that alcohol, drugs and speed are not suspected as contributing factors, but inattentive driving on the part of the Toyota driver was a contributing factor to the accident.
Charges are pending.
Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or [email protected]