Saturday night in Keystone, a 33-year-old visitor from Romania was run down by a drunk driver driving a 1999 Subaru Outback. A 20-year-old Silverthorne man is being held on charges of driving under the influence and vehicular homicide after authorities said he hit and killed a pedestrian in Keystone Saturday night. The driver also is charged with possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid. He is being held at the Summit County Jail.
The Subaru was westbound on Highway 6 at Rasor Drive when he proceeded through a crosswalk. The victim was with a group of people who were in the crosswalk trying to walk from the north to the south side of Highway 6. Another vehicle in the right westbound lane of Highway 6 stopped for the group.
The Summit Daily News reported that the victim was visiting friends in Denver and had been in Keystone to ski for the day. He was flown to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, where he was pronounced dead.
The Daily News also reported that the intersection has been a concern for residents and local and state officials because drivers rarely stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, and that the Colorado Department of Transportation has been studying ways to make the crosswalk safer.
There are always drunk drivers out there, so if you are on foot at night remember to wear light colored clothing, preferably reflective. And proceed defensively, even if you have the right of way, don’t assume the driver will respect it – especially drunk drivers.