The identities of the motorists involved in a four-vehicle crash that killed two people east of Durango on Friday evening have been released by the Colorado State Patrol.
Capt. Adrian Driscoll said a 2006 Jeep Wrangler and a 2021 Toyota 4Runner were headed westbound about 5:46 p.m. on U.S. Highway 160. The Wrangler was in the left turn lane to turn onto Three Springs Boulevard when the 4Runner left the left lane of traffic moving through the intersection, hitting the Wrangler. That pushed both vehicles into eastbound traffic on Highway 160.
The 4Runner then hit a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas that was in the eastbound left turn lane for Three Springs Boulevard. The Wrangler hit a 2015 Jeep Compass that was in the left lane of traffic headed eastbound through the intersection, Driscoll said.
The 4Runner, which was driven by 34-year-old Andrea Martinez-Laurel of Bayfield, had two passengers, a 12-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. The boy was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. All three were wearing seat belts, and the boy was in a car seat.
The Wrangler was driven by 42-year-old Kathleen Snyder of Durango, who was taken to Mercy with moderate injuries. The passengers of the vehicle, 30-year-old Jackson Koewler of Farmington and 51-year-old Deirdre Cotter of Durango, both died. All three were properly restrained, Driscoll said.
The Compass was driven by Allie Betzer, 29, of Durango. She was also taken to Mercy with minor injuries and was properly restrained.
The Atlas, which was registered in Arizona, was driven by Alicia Zaremba, 37, of Durango. She was properly restrained and uninjured.
Driscoll said speed, drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash, but the Colorado State Patrol is still investigating and charges are pending.
An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect age for Jackson Koewler of Farmington.