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.
A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help with the Streett family’s medical expenses. It is at https://www.gofundme.com/street-family-support-fund
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.
Hispanic drivers commit disproportionately high number of accidents, the federal statistics show (along with blacks, as well). It has to do with their "macho" culture - where males are doing whatever the heck they want with no peer pressure to slow down. This driver 36-year-old Anthony Rodriguez of Mancos was originally from New Mexico, so it is possible he was not used into driving in wet Colorado roads.
THE DEADLY U.S. ROADS
In any event, this is unfortunately the status quo of the U.S. roads, where 40,000 people are slaughtered each year and millions injured; U.S. has one of the worst traffic accident records in the world despite the reduction in the traffic deaths from the 60,000 killed in the 70s. So many illegal immigrants roam the roads without proper license or training, that it is a real bloodbath out there. So, always be on the lookout and say a prayer before you drive.
SEQUIM, WA — Two Sequim residents died from their injuries in a head-on-crash Thursday evening traveling on U.S. Highway 160 in Colorado, reported the Colorado State Patrol.
Robert Streett, 52, of Sequim, died on scene and a 16-year-old male in the vehicle, believed to be his older son Robby, died later at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, said Trooper Josh Lewis with Colorado State Patrol.
Lewis said the Streetts — including his wife Josslyn, 49, and a 14-year-old male, believed to be their youngest son, Sawyer — were traveling east of the La Plata County line in a 2017 Honda SUV at 5:15 p.m. when a 2013 Nissan traveling west hydroplaned and crossed the centerline, colliding with the Streetts’ vehicle.
Lewis said the Nissan’s driver, 36-year-old Anthony Rodriguez, of Mancos, Colo., Josslyn and the two teens were transported to Durango.
Representatives of the hospital said Josslyn was transported later to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood. Representatives there say she is in fair condition.
Hospital representatives in Durango said they could not release Sawyer’s status because he is a minor, but the Colorado State Patrol said he sustained serious injuries.
Rodriguez is listed in fair condition.
Lewis said speed is a factor in the wreck. No drugs or alcohol were involved and everyone was wearing a seat belt, he said.
The Streetts, according to Robert’s Facebook page, were traveling on vacation, including seeing the Grand Canyon.
Robert owns Clear Water Bidet in Carlsborg and was active in numerous agencies and groups including the North Olympic Library System, Sequim Sunrise Rotary and Citizens for Sequim Schools.
Robby attended Sequim High School.
Family friend Brian Jackson started a gofundme page to help the Streett family.
“I would love to see the community support them the way they supported the community,” he said.
“Joss and their youngest son will have so much to deal with. I only hope that we can help relieve some of the financial burden.”
For more information about supporting the family, visit www.gofundme.com/street-family-support-fund.