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Coroner identifies 27-year-old Eaton woman who died in Wednesday crash on U.S. 85

Emily Shuster

Weld County Coroner Carl Blesch has confirmed the identity of a 27-year-old woman who died in a traffic crash on U.S. 85 Wednesday afternoon.

Emily Shuster of Eaton was the driver of a 2015 Toyota Camry that collided head-on with a semitrailer about 11 a.m. just north of O Street. According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis, Shuster died at the scene of the crash.

Lewis also confirmed two children were taken to North Colorado Medical Center from the Camry — a 4-year-old girl in serious condition, and a 1-year-old girl in moderate condition. Lewis was unable to confirm the relationship between Shuster and the children.

The driver of the semitrailer, 54-year-old Samuel Ruiz, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Lewis said he did not know where Ruiz was from.

Lewis said the crash remains under investigation, but he was able to confirm Shuster was traveling south on U.S. 85 when she crossed into the highway's northbound lanes. The Toyota struck the semitrailer, and the two vehicles traveled 191 feet to the north after their initial contact.

The crash closed both lanes of U.S. 85 for about four hours Wednesday afternoon.

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Lewis said troopers are still unsure why Shuster's vehicle traveled across the center line of the highway. He said they do not believe drugs, alcohol or excessive speed played a role in the collision.

U.S. 85 is under construction in the area of the crash. The highway normally is four lanes, with two in each direction. But because of the construction work, two lanes of the highway are shut down, leaving only two lanes for travel now, or one in each direction.

Shuster studied child psychology at the University of Northern Colorado and graduated in 2012, according to UNC spokesman Nate Haas. She was a North Carolina native, hailing from Charlotte, according to her Facebook page. Her profile lists her relationship status as "engaged."

Much of her profile is private, but her profile picture is captioned with the words "prayer changes things." She also chose to share a favorite quote on her page — "let go & let God."

To help

Friends and family of Emily Shuster, 27, who died Wednesday when the vehicle she was driving was involved in a head-on collision with a semitrailer truck have established a GoFundMe page to help with her final expenses. To donate, go to http://bit.ly/2qGluEm.

Traffic fatalities

Eaton resident Emily Shuster, 27, died Wednesday in a traffic crash on U.S. 85 north of Greeley. Her death marks the 18th fatality on Weld’s roads this year. Through this date last year, 14 people had died as a result of traffic crashes in the county.