The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash
resulting in two fatalities that occurred this morning on Highway 50,
east of Gunnison. At 8 a.m., a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling
westbound, near milepost 169, when the driver lost control on the
snowpacked highway. The Cobalt spun into the eastbound lane and was
struck on its passenger side by an eastbound 1994 Chevrolet Beretta.
The Cobalt’s driver–22-year-old Jamie Dowling of Irving, Texas–was
not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained
serious injuries. She was transported to a local hospital for
treatment. The vehicle’s two passengers, a 5-year-old boy and a
2-year-old girl, were restrained at the time of the crash but
sustained fatal injuries. The boy died at the scene, while the girl
was pronounced dead at the local hospital.
The Beretta’s driver, 23-year-old Everardo Ento-Salida of Gunnison,
was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained minor
Excessive speed and alcohol and/or drug use are not suspected as
contributing factors in the crash at this time. The snowpacked
roadway had been plowed prior to the crash, and snow reportedly was
falling at the time of the crash.
No charges have been filed against either driver, and any potential
charges will be determined at the conclusion of the investigation.