Charges to come in fatal U.S. 34 traffic crash, police say
November 23, 2016
The Greeley Police Department confirmed Wednesday criminal charges will most likely be filed as the result of a five-car crash Thursday night on U.S. 34 that left one person dead and another in critical condition.
"We're still sorting the accident out and sequencing it and all that," said Sgt. Fred Meyer. "There will be charges, but what those charges would be and who would be charged is still up in the air."
Meyer said police are still investigating the complex crash, and said the number of vehicles and the pedestrian involved complicates matters.
The crash happened when the 1999 Subaru driven by Rajai Ghai, 30, of Loveland, skidded in the highway's icy westbound lanes and crossed the median into the eastbound traffic. The car collided with a 2009 Nissan Altima, driven by Valerie Garcia, 45, of Greeley. Elodia Espinosa, 72, was a passenger in the Nissan. She survived the initial crash, but later died of her injuries at North Colorado Medical Center.
One of the witnesses to the crash, Kaylee McFarland, 19, a student at the University of Northern Colorado, stopped her car on the side of the highway and got out, meaning to help.
As McFarland made her way across the road, a white Kia Optima, driven by Addison Schofield, 18, struck her. McFarland survived the collision, but she sustained serious injuries.
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A fifth vehicle, a Subaru Legacy driven by Jeffery Soderberg, 24, hit McFarland's car on the side of the road not long after.
McFarland was taken to NCMC in critical condition. She was later upgraded to serious condition.