Rollover Victim Pulled Over Before Crash, Friends and Family Mourning

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Friends and family are mourning the loss of an 18–year–old girl killed in a crash on I–70. 11 News has learned she was pulled over and released just minutes before the accident and troopers say she had been drinking.

The Colorado State Patrol has just released the name of the victim, 18–year–old Samantha Loy.

Troopers say she had been drinking, texting, driving and not wearing a seatbelt when she rolled her car on I–70 and was thrown from the vehicle.

Friends and family want to know why a Fruita police officer didn't notice Samantha Loy had been drinking when he pulled her over for speeding less than a half an hour before she rolled her car.

The Chief of Fruita Police says if the officer had noticed any sign of intoxication he would never have let her go.

A cross, flowers and teddy bears line the side of I–70 near Fruita.

19–year–old Delaina Marshall and two of Samantha Loy's friends were at the memorial on Monday afternoon and in shock to find out there friend is gone.

"I was sad, I was mad and I was confused," Marshall told 11 News on Monday.

She says Samantha was the all American girl--cheerleader, pageant contestant and Mesa State student.

"She was so nice to everybody, really outgoing and friendly."

But Marshall said on the weekends, the 18–year–old liked to party and that may have been what killed her.

"It's unfortunate it really is," said Marshall.

State Patrol says Loy had been drinking and using her cell phone while she was driving East on the interstate Sunday morning.

Just after 1:20am investigators say she flipped her car and was thrown out of the window.

The Mesa County Coroner pronounced her dead on scene.

According to dispatch reports, just minutes before at 1:00am, a Fruita Police officer had pulled her over for speeding on Highway six and 50 but the officer let her go with a warning.

Chief Mark Angelo says his officer did everything according to his training.

"It's an unfortunate set of circumstances that the contact that this officer had with this female was brief and there were no signs she was under the influence," Chief Angelo told 11 News on Monday.

Angelo says the officer is seasoned and committed to keeping the community safe and the signs aren't always there that someone has been drinking.

"We miss people. You may not see it and something like this could happen. As a result you're gonna second guess yourself," said Angelo.

He says there won't be any further investigation.

And even though friends are learning more about what happened, they say all the answers about how the crash happened won't answer the question of why their friend was taken.

"She didn't deserve this at all," Marshall told 11 News.

The Mesa County Coroner is still doing toxicology testing.

The Colorado State Patrol says it will take seven days to finish the full crash report.


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  • by Micheal Location: tallahassee on Sep 8, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    We miss you Sammy <3
  • by L Location: Somewhere in Colorado on Mar 28, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    I'm so tired of reading comments from people who didn't know Sammy. Doesn't matter if she partied or not, she was a beautiful, smart good person and this was such a tragedy. She accomplished a lot in her young life...more than a lot of people do in many years. This could have happened to anyone. Think about the people who are still here and love her and how much it hurts us to have lost her. Have some respect, her mother is going threw the worst time imaginable and it isn't going to stop for her. Please think before you comment.
  • by J on Mar 1, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    Wow all you young partiers are in denial and make excuses for your friends death. If she was a great friend and BEAUTIFUL person to you, why did all of you allow her to drink and drive?? I bet this was not the first time she drank and drove a vehicle. Why do you drink and drive?? I also have a young relative in this group of friends who is a wonderful person. The myspace pictures of most of you partiers are filled with pictures of drinking and druging. I bet all of you are wonderful young adults. So why keep partying and taking chances on your lives. Until you stop making excuses for your friends death and not doing something to change how you spend your weekends it will be a matter of time before another tragedy strikes in your parting group. Stay alive and be the great and productive young adults you are and LEARN from this tragedy and STOP making excuses. She choose her death and all of you who knew she drank and got behind the wheel numerous times did NOTHING to stop her.
  • by friends Location: clifton on Feb 13, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    seriously. this is rediculous.saying that that girl that was interviewd was wrong and to blame... her own family memeber told the newspaper that she partied alot...its pretty selfish of you guys to say it should have been one of her "good friends", thats rediculous this isnt a competition. sam died as a resault of her partying.its her fault.everyone will move on and deal with this eventually but we all know that sam wouldnt be saying all this rude stuff and blaming the news, the people who were interviewd in both the tv and the paper and the police officer. what happened on sunday was ment to happen and by starting confrintation with those who are still with us and friends of sam is immature and doesnt solve anything at all. think of what sam would do in a situation like this.
  • by friend forever Location: clifton on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:04 PM
    this should be alesson for everyone who drinks and drives/ stop with all the negativity/ its sammys fault and noone elses but hers/ the news did their jobs and dalana was obviously a friend who excepted and could admit the truth/ to everyone who said she doesnt know sam cuz anyone who knew sam knew she partied. its sad yes but we cant rewind and change things/ everything happens for a reason and this impacted everyone in a different way/ get over it blame no one/ god called her and she went. shes happier then ever in heaven watching over everyone/ bye bye bye
  • by a friend Location: gj on Feb 12, 2009 at 09:58 PM
    well to ONE OF HER GOOD FRIENDS. delaina obviously knew her. wasnt her fault that any of her other frends werent there so ***** u. and also her own sister in law was interviewd for the paper and said that sammy partied alot. i think thats alot worse then what delana said so yea dont blame it on her . your all just jealous and pissed off that u werent interviewd and she was. thats immature and rediculous. sam was an amazing person and as one of her friends she wouldnt want u to be talking about someone like that weather delana wasa good friend or not obviously she knew her well enough to report that sam was in cheer and a pagent and a college student so back off
  • by H Location: Colorado on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    DJ, I didn't say she was a drunk. Neither did the news report. I was merely quoting from the article regarding her apparent partying habit and the tragic effect it may have had on her young life. I don't think anyone thinks she deserved to die - but we all make choices every day. I truly meant it when I said I hope that someone else will learn from this tragedy.
  • by opinionated Location: Grand Junction on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    To anonymous; do you have kids? If you do I can almost bet that they are either out partying on the weekends, or they are going to. No matter what age you are, anyone can get in an accident when drinking and get seriously hurt or die. Sammy made one decision, but that doesnt mean she deserved what she got. no one deserves that. so go to hell. and as for the news station, how dare you make her out to be some alcoholic teen. she should not be remembered for that, how dare you not have any respect for her family and friends.
  • by One of her good friends Location: Grand Junction on Feb 11, 2009 at 11:31 PM
    To whoever anonymous is, i think you should keep your opinion to yourself, yes sammy made a mistake, but she did not deserve to die, and how dare you say that she needed to learn the hard way. Teens drink under age all the time, weather its against the law or not. Maybe the cop should have paid more attention and made her buckle up, or even noticed she was drinking. There is a little bit of everyone at fault, but sammy deserved the chance to live her life to the fullest just like everyone else. As for Delaina, i believe she should have let someone close to sammy talk to the news about the kind of person she was. You may have known her before, but how dare you put her family through that, she deserves a good reputation after death no matter if she was a partier or not! The pictures were messed up and someone should be ashamed of themselves for giving them to the news!!!!!!!! Just let sammy's reputation strive, she was an amazing girl that will be missed greatly.
  • by DJ Location: Drand juction on Feb 11, 2009 at 11:23 PM
    This is for "H". My friend was not a drunk. Dont make her out to be one. My friend died, thats a fact just because shes not here to defend her name doesnt mean that we arnt.
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