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Highway Patrol Uncertain Whether To File Charges In Fatal Wreck

Posted by Alvin Wolff | Feb 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Colorado State Patrol trooper Tonja Cowan said Tuesday that she has not decided whether to file charges in a fatal crash Saturday on U.S. Highway 40.

At about 6:25 p.m., a Nissan SUV spun out of control and slid into the path of an oncoming Dodge Ram pickup.

Nissan passenger Jenna Gruben, 32, was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, and she later died from her injuries. Nissan driver Angelica Mangiardi and passenger Cara Marrs also were taken to the hospital and released. Dodge driver Wesley Jenkins and his passenger, Denise Ketchum, declined medical treatment.

Cowan said the investigation is taking longer than expected and that she plans to use information from a mechanical inspection of the cars to make a decision.

A memorial service for Gruben is at 10:15 a.m. today at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., in Denver. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Her family will be sitting shiva today until Friday at their home at 8250 S. Albion Drive in Denver.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to the Yampa Valley Autism Program or Humble Ranch.

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Alvin Wolff

Alvin has been in practice for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has handled over 7000 cases and claims and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict. Alvin handles all sorts of injury claims, from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip & trip & falls, to dog bites, incorrect prescri...


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