Crash Victim Identified as Whitewater Woman

By: Natalie Pallone Email
By: Natalie Pallone Email

The victim of a fatal car crash has been identified as 54-year-old Michelle Lefever of Whitewater, Colorado. She was pronounced dead at 8:00p.m. Friday.

Officials say a white van driven by 21-year-old Trae Frigetto rear-ended Lefever's truck. They say Frigetto then fled the scene of the crash and ran and hid behind the ABC Supply Company store. Frigetto was later found by Grand Junction Police and taken to the hospital. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash and took Frigetto into custody on outstanding warrants while they investigate. The passenger in the van was uninjured.

Lefever was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in critical condition where she later died according to officers.

Officers say they are still investigating the accident, and say it's too soon to tell what charges could be filed against Frigetto.


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  • by Mary Location: Brookfield, WI on Feb 25, 2008 at 10:31 AM
    To the Lefever and Maresh Families, Mickie was a former classmate of mine at Cudahy high. She was a great gal in High school and it looks like she continued that greatness in her life. Mickie will be missed dearly but family, freinds and former classmates. Rest in Peace dear Mickie. Trae should get the MAXIMUM allowed by colorado law.
  • by Donna Location: Milwaukee WI on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    I am sadden by my high school classmate Michele's death. The 21 yr , Trae sounds useless to society and should get the MAX.
  • by Cherri Nadolny Location: Wisconsin on Feb 11, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    Thanks to all the firefighters and police officers that responded to Mickie's accident. I to loved Mickie very much and I was so happy I got to talk to her on Jan 23,to let her know about her brand new great niece(named after our mother Audrey) and she was so excited.I hope this young man realizes how much pain he has caused and how many tears family and friends have shed.Mickie was a beautiful person and will beforever missed.You see Mickie was my only sister!!
  • by Andrea Kebbekus Location: Wisconsin on Feb 6, 2008 at 01:22 PM
    Mickie was my aunt and I loved her very much. Although her death is hard to deal with , I know she is looking over our family now. Thank you to all who helped Mickie in her time of need. Mickie will never be forgotten and always missed.
  • by tru Location: Grd Jnc on Feb 4, 2008 at 06:37 PM
    Bruce, go to dramainature.com. I found solance in this website after losing your sister; a friend of mine....
  • by Al Location: Delta on Feb 4, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    What would Distick 51 do if you had a real snow? Delta had more snow and their school busses rolled. There was no snow day.
  • by Tru Location: Grand Junction on Feb 4, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    Michelle Levefer was 30 days from retiring and looking forward to spending a month in Hawaii in March. This should never had happened, obviously. Trae Frigetto should be strung up by his toes and left to rot in a State Penitentary.
  • by Linda Location: Grand Junction on Feb 3, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    I hope the young man who hit Michelle gets life in prison for leaving the scene and trying to hide from the police. I know that she is going to be greatly missed. And I hope her husband knows that all who knew her loved her very much, and that we give him our condolences for his loss.
  • by bruce maresh Location: wisconsin on Feb 2, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    thank you for your story, michelle was my sister, and I live in wisconin, and your website answered all my questions. This is sad for us all of her family is here in Wi and we are davisted of her passing. wE were able to view the video thought it's hard to look at it's reality, thank you for your report
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