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Accident victim not expected to survive

Christine Metz

— A 15-year-old girl from La Salle was critically injured, and three others were taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center in a one-car roll over accident on Colorado Highway 14, about six miles west of Walden.

The driver of the vehicle was Angela Geis, a 15-year-old girl from Hayden. At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Geis was heading eastbound in a 1998 Ford Windstar minivan when she traveled off the right side of the road and rolled two times, with the vehicle coming to rest on its wheels, State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar said.

During the roll, Danelle Oldfield, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown 85 feet from the vehicle and suffered massive head injures, Kaspar said.

When Jackson County Fire and Ambulance crews arrived on scene, Oldfield did not have a pulse. After several minutes of CPR, a pulse returned and emergency responders continued giving rescue breaths until a Flight for Life helicopter responded to the scene, Kaspar said.

The helicopter took Oldfield to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. Oldfield, a cousin of the driver, had no brain activity Thursday morning and hospital staff is evaluating options for organ donation, Kaspar said.

The driver suffered minor cuts and bruises. Her mother, Toni Geis, 40, who was in the front seat, suffered a broken right clavicle and a right side rib. The driver’s brother, Samuel Geis, 4, who was in the second-row passenger seat, had minor bruises, Kaspar said.

All three were wearing seat belts and were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center and released Wednesday night.

The family was traveling to La Salle to take Oldfield back to her father. Oldfield has stayed with the family for a short summer visit.

Angela Geis was holding a Colorado instruction permit and was being coached by her mother. Just before the accident, Angela Geis was adjusting the rear-view mirror and swerved off onto the right side of the road, Kaspar said. She then steered the vehicle back onto the road but toward oncoming traffic and swerved off the road again.

The accident marks the third time in less than a week that a teenage driver has been involved in a fatal or near-fatal accident in the area, Kaspar said.

“It is so important for young, inexperienced drivers to pay attention to what they are doing when they are behind the wheel,” Kaspar said.

On Saturday, a similar accident happened about seven miles away from Thursday’s accident.

Lindsey Berry, an 11-year-old girl from Arvada, died when she was ejected from a 1998 Plymouth Voyager. The driver was her brother, 15-year-old Christopher Allen Berry. Berry had a Colorado instruction permit and was being coach by his father, Grant Berry.

Chris Berry was traveling north on Jackson County Road 11 when he traveled off the right side of the road and rolled 1 1/2 times.

Lindsey Berry was sitting in the rear seat of a minivan and wasn’t wearing a seat belt when she was ejected. Two other passengers were in the vehicle. Mother Lisa Berry, who also was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and suffered multiple fractures to her right hand and an amputated finger.

On Monday, Samuel Billig, 18 of Craig, was driving a sport utility vehicle when he crossed the centerline of U.S. Highway 40, and struck a motorcycle head-on. The driver of the motorcycle, James Cameron, 61, of Anchorage, Alaska, was pronounced dead at the scene, about seven miles west of Hayden.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com


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