LIMON, CO – Two Texas women were killed by a semi truck driven by a Louisiana teenager while they were changing a tire on I-70 in Limon, CO on July 15, 2012.
Limon is located in Lincoln County, Colorado in the east-central part of the state about 88 miles southeast of Denver and 76 miles northeast of Colorado Springs.
A 37 year-old adult, Michel Martin who was in the semi truck first told police that he was driving, but it turned out later that his son, 16 year-old Tristan Martin was the driver, who left the scene in a passenger car that was following them.
Both are from Sulphur, LA and both were arrested by police following their investigation. State troopers have accused the father of lying.
An article in the CBS 4 Denver website reported on the story:
Killed in the crash were Shun Jones, 48, of Carrollton, Texas, and Amanda Omo-Iyamu, 38, of Balch Springs, Texas. … Colorado State Patrol said a teenage boy was inside the vehicle when the two were struck. That person was not injured.
Carrollton and Balch Springs, TX are located in the Dallas area.
The victims who were killed in this accident pulled over onto the shoulder of the road to change their tire. The semi truck drifted over onto the shoulder when it struck the two women.
The semi truck pulled over and stopped about .4 of a mile down the road. Michel Martin was alone in the truck when CSP (Colorado State Patrol) troopers found him. It appears that he did not return to the scene of the accident to check on the victims.
The teenager is accused of fleeing the scene of the accident in a car that was following them. The teen was picked up by the car and was then then driven away. The car traveled all the way to Wyoming before it was ordered to return.
Investigators did not plan to charge the driver for helping the youth to escape because it is believed that it was not known that the teen was driving the semi at the time of the accident.
The youth was charged with two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor for careless driving. Both he and his father were taken to Lincoln County jail.
Posted by Houston truck accident lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP