Patterson Road Reopened After Authorities Investigate Crash

Authorities closed off a portion of Patterson Road Thursday as they continued to investigate a three car crash that sent two to the hospital Wednesday night.

The Grand Junction Police Department closed Patterson Road for an hour and half Thursday afternoon while they investigated.

After receiving additional information the Critical Accident Team virtually re–created the accident and took measurements in hopes of determining exactly what happened.

At around 7:30 Wednesday night, authorities say 22–year–old Armando Joseph Romero of Fruita was driving east on Patterson in a white GMC Sierra owned by Tisco Inc. Energy Equipment when he crossed into the westbound lanes near Mesa Mall. His truck then hit 50–year–old Denise Mercer's car and another vehicle driven by 50–year–old Michele Thornton. Mercer and Thornton were transported to St. Mary's Hospital. However, 11 News has been told they are no longer in the hospital's system.

Mercer's 18–year–old daughter and Romero were not injured in the crash. All three women were wearing seat belts, Romero was not.

Authorities say they still don't know why Romero crossed the median.
No charges have been filed yet.


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