Hail storm, speed play roles in rollover wreck | SteamboatToday.com

Hail storm, speed play roles in rollover wreck

— A Grand Junction man who flipped his sport utility vehicle during a hail storm on Colorado 131 over the weekend escaped with minor injuries.

Michael Kelher, 54, was driving his 1996 Chevy Blazer southbound on Colo. 131 Sunday afternoon when he ran off the right side of the road between Yampa and Toponas about one mile south of Finger Rock.

Neither he nor his wife, 50-year-old Gladys Kelher, had to be transported in an ambulance, although Colorado State Trooper Brett Hilling said an Oak Creek emergency medical technician responded to the wreck.

The one-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. when freezing rain started falling on the road.

Hilling said Kelher was cited for careless driving.

“The speed limit is 65, but in those conditions, people should drive slower,”

Hilling said. “He was going too fast for conditions.”

Hilling said the storm came up unexpectedly, moving from west to northeast.

The Blazer was damaged on all sides, including the top, after it rolled one and a quarter times.

— To reach Michelle Bales, call 871-4208 or e-mail mbales@amigo.net

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