3:13 pm - Friday December 18, 9226

Highway 34 Auto-Ped Fatal Crash

Truck versus multiple pedestrians leaves one dead, others injured


Colorado State Patrol Troopers responded to a one vehicle-multiple pedestrian crash last night that left one party dead and four others flown to Denver area hospitals.  At approximately 10:25 PM CSP was notified that a 2006 Ford pickup truck had struck several members of a family while they were walking on Colorado Highway 34 mile marker 12 near Granby, CO, coming from a fireworks show.  Greg Westley, 50, of Estes Park, CO was pronounced dead on scene.  His wife, Debbie Westley, 49, was flown via helicopter to Denver Health with serious injuries.  A 10-year old female was also flown to Denver Health with minor-to moderate injuries.  Two other children, a 19-year old female and a three year old male, were flown to Children’s Hospital with serious injuries; both are in stable condition and the injuries do not appear life-threatening.  Five other children (unknown ages, genders) were not harmed.


The driver of the pickup truck, Lucas Ackerman, 33 of Grand Lake, CO, was contacted on scene.  Ackerman and his passengers, a female and minor children (unknown information on passengers) were not harmed.  Ackerman was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  Charges are pending a final report of the incident and will not be available for several days.  Ackerman was booked into the Grand County Jail.


Highway 34 was blocked with only intermittent traffic flow until approximately 3:00 AM.



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