UPDATE: Victim Identified, Authorities Looking at Speed & Texting as Factors in Fatal Crash

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

The Colorado State Patrol has identified the young woman killed in a crash early Sunday morning as 18 year-old Samantha Loy. CSP has not determined the exact cause of the crash but they're looking at several factors including alcohol and text messaging.

11 News has also learned from the Fruita Police Department that the young woman was pulled over a short time before the accident in Fruita. Police say when was pulled over for not using her blinker and speeding. At the time of the stop, the officer said he did not observe any indicators of alcohol or drug impairment.
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One woman is dead after rolling her car on Interstate 70 near mile marker 23 early Sunday morning.

Colorado State Patrol tells 11 News that preliminary reports indicate alcohol was a factor in the crash. Troopers also say the woman may have been text messaging or using her cell phone before the crash.

The Fruita Police Department has confirmed to 11 News that the woman was pulled over about 30 minutes before the fatal crash but they won't say why.

According to Colorado State Patrol the woman was driving east bound on I–70 when she approached a curve and veered into the median. The car rolled once and stopped in the westbound lane of the interstate. The driver was thrown from the car through the driver side window and pronounced dead on scene, troopers say she was not wearing a seat belt.

The crash remains under investigation. The Mesa County Coroner has not released the woman's identity.

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  • by Theressa Branham Location: Grand Jct., CO on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    I agree 'Mike', also, why didn't the cop make her put her seatbelt on? I think had she worn it, she'd be w/us today! I've known Sammy for a few years. Like everyone else, I felt better when she walked into the room as she brightened it up w/her smile! Always giggling & being funny/silly. Sammy, you left a mark on my heart that will remain always! I Love & Miss You Every Day! R.I.P. God Bless all of your loved ones, esp your Mom & family members! Luv U girly! Mom B :( P.S. I too, was disturbed by that pic of her holding a shot glass & what kind of 'friend' gives out a pic like that? Very disrespectful & wrong, IMO! Very poor taste of 11news to use it. Imagine how her family & all of us who luved her felt, seeing that all over the news?... Not good!
  • by Mike Location: Grand Junction on Feb 12, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    I have to wonder if the cop that pulled her over just prior to the accident let her go with a warning because she was a pretty blond. I wish that he would have done his job. If she was driving intoxicated, at least she was the only victim. This could have ended very differently, with even more deaths.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    Sammy was a very sweet girl with a huge heart who always had a smile on her face. Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her is mourning from this tragedy. My prayers go out to all of the Loys and all of Samantha's friends. She will always be remembered. I also think it was very disrespectful on NBC's part to go out of their way to acquire and display the picture of Samantha consuming alcohol. As if that's anything the family needs to see right now. Rest in Peace Sammy Loy.
  • by Aunt Judy Location: Tennessee on Feb 10, 2009 at 04:10 PM
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    I only knew Sam briefly, but when I did get the chance to say hi, she always had a big smile on her face as if she had no worries. I believe we can all learn to live a little like she did. My Prayers go out to Sam, her family and her closest friends.
  • by Jordyn Location: Grand Junction on Feb 9, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    Sammy was one of the sweetest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. You are always in our thoughts Sammy. I hope you know how many people cared about you. You have truly been an insperation to so many people and your smile is always in the back of our minds! We all love you and will keep you and your family in our prayers and love you so much! R.I.P. Sammy Loy ...you will always be missed.
  • by boyfriend Location: grand junction on Feb 9, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    I will miss her... she brightened my life and made me a better man
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2009 at 04:44 PM
    God bless the family . I am so sorry for your loss. Those who new SAMMY were blessed.
  • by Anna Location: Grand Junction on Feb 9, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    To have such a young life taken when it was completely avoidable is so unfair and sad. The few times I met her she seemed like such a vibrant and happy person. I know this loss has touched the lives of so many of her friends and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through one of the most difficult times. She will be so very missed by all who knew her.
  • by Stephanie Location: Grand Junction on Feb 9, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    I've known her since we were young, she was the one person who could brighten your day with her smile. Nobody will ever forget her. Its sad that she was taken so early but her memory will never leave our hearts. We love and miss you Sammy!
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