Fatal accident shuts down US 36

12:59 PM, Mar 9, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA -  One person was killed in an early morning accident on U.S. 36, just north of Boulder. 

Colorado State Patrol says it is investigating the two-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 36, near Longhorn Road.  

At 2:30 a.m., a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling westbound on Highway 36 at a high rate of speed through a curve when it went onto an oncoming traffic lane and collided head-on with an eastbound 2013 Audi RS5.

The crash caused the Volkswagen to travel off the southern side of the road and rolled multiple times, ejecting two of the occupants.

The Volkswagen's driver, 22-year-old Kevin Winnie of Longmont, was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was injured.

His two passengers, both 21-year-old men from Longmont, were also not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.  One of the passengers died at the scene and the other sustained life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a local hospital.

The driver of the Audi, 37-year-old Jose Pacheco of Deming, New Mexico, was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries.

Police say excessive speed, alcohol and/or drug use are possible contributing factors in the crash.  

Winnie faces possible charges. 

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