Creede woman killed in early morning accident


MINERAL COUNTY— On Monday, June 24 at approximately 1:17 a.m., Colorado State Patrol Dispatch was advised of a one car rollover on Highway 149 approximately one-mile north out of Creede.

When medical personnel and Mineral County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene they found a female party that had been ejected from the truck and was laying in the middle of the road. It was determined that the female, identified as Rachael Bennett, 27 of Creede, was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 northbound when the vehicle went off the right side of the road in a slight left hand curve.

The truck came back onto the road when Bennett over-corrected causing the truck to rotate in a clockwise direction. The truck traveled off the right side of the road where it struck an embankment rolling one and one-half time up the steep hillside. The truck landed on its roof sliding down the hill where it rolled an additional one-half time coming to rest on its wheels partially in the road.

Bennett was not wearing a seat-belt and was ejected during the crash. Bennett was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol, drugs, and speed are being considered as factors in the crash but it is still under investigation.

The Colorado State Patrol urges people to please buckle up when traveling.

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