Authorities on Friday identified the two victims killed in a head-on crash Thursday on U.S. Highway 160 in the Cherry Creek area west of Hesperus.
The crash occurred around 5:15 p.m. just east of the Montezuma-La Plata County line at mile marker 68 when a male driver in an SUV headed westbound toward Mancos hydroplaned into the eastbound lane, crashing into an SUV with a family of four.
Colorado State Patrol Capt. Adrian Driscoll said the fatalities involved two of the occupants in the SUV with the family of four: Robert Streett, 52, and a 16-year-old male.
Driscoll said Streett died at the scene of the crash. The 16-year-old male died at Mercy Regional Medical Center.
Streett’s wife, Joslyn, and a 14-year-old male, were transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center. Jann Smith, La Plata County Coroner, said Joslyn was airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver on Thursday night.
Smith said Friday morning that Joslyn and the 14-year-old male were doing well.
Driscoll said the family, driving a Honda Pilot, is from Sequim, Washington, about a two-hour drive northwest of Seattle.
Driscoll said 36-year-old Anthony Rodriguez of Mancos was the driver of the Nissan Armada that was traveling westbound when the vehicle hydroplaned after a sudden downpour of rain.
Rodriguez was reported to be alert and talking to first-responders at the scene, Cpl. Lance Sanchez said Thursday. A spokesman with Mercy said Friday morning Rodriguez is listed in fair condition.
Driscoll said the crash is under investigation and he could not comment at this time whether drugs or alcohol played a factor. He did say charges are pending.
The crash closed U.S. Highway 160 for about three hours.