COSTILLA COUNTY — The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a three vehicle hit and run, serious injury crash on Highway 160 at County Road 25.
At approximately 10:20 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, a hit-and-run vehicle described by a witness as a newer model silver Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck was traveling westbound on Colorado 160.
A white 2015 Ford Explorer driven by Shirah Combs, 32, of Palmer Lake, Colo, along with her passenger identified as Matthew Davern 35, also of Palmer Lake, were stopped in traffic westbound on Colorado 160 attempting to make a left turn onto County Road 25.
A third vehicle, a blue Hyundai Vera Cruz, driven by Frances Cisneros, 71, from Antonito, along with her passenger identified as Sherry Labato, 62, also from Antonito were traveling eastbound on Colorado 160. The Chevrolet pickup truck collided with the rear of the Ford Explorer causing the Ford Explorer to travel broadside into the eastbound lane where it collided with the Hyundai Vera Cruz.
Following impact, the Explorer traveled off the southeast side of the intersection coming to rest on its wheels facing east. The Hyundai traveled from Colorado 160 onto the northbound lane of County Road 25 coming to rest facing south. The Chevrolet pickup truck continued westbound on Colorado 160 after colliding with the Ford Explorer, leaving the scene of the crash.
All occupants from the Ford Explorer and Hyundai Vera Cruz were transported by ambulance to the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center for their injuries. The Combs, Davern, and Labato party received moderate to minor injuries, while the Cisneros party received serious injury as a result of the crash. The use of seatbelts and air bag deployment likely saved the lives of the individuals involved in this crash, which is still under investigation at this time, while the Colorado State Patrol is seeking any information that might lead to the hit-and-run driver and vehicle.
Please call Sergeant Kelly Rippe from the Colorado State Patrol to offer any information at 719-589-5809.