Romanian Tourist Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver In Keystone

KEYSTONE, Colo. (CBS4) – A tourist was killed during a ski trip to Keystone and police say the man who hit him was driving drunk.

The accident was Saturday night while the victim was trying to cross Highway 6 at Rasor Drive in Keystone.

Wesley Wilson, 20, has been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.

There’s been some discussion within the county for a while about the danger of the intersection where the incident occurred. Less than a month ago a few concerned residents wrote a letter to the local newspaper. Their last sentence said, “Please, for the sake of locals and guests alike, help make this area safe before someone is seriously injured or killed.”

“The right lane vehicle did stop the left lane vehicle did not,” Trooper Nate Reid with the Colorado State Patrol said.

A 33-year-old Romanian tourist was struck and killed.

“Whether it be the reckless nature of the crash or somebody impaired by alcohol, then it reaches another level. It reaches into the felony level, which is vehicular homicide,” Reid said.

The county and the Colorado Department of Transportation have been working this year to improve the intersection. It’s difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and for pedestrians to feel safe enough to cross as cars scream past.

“As a pedestrian you have to be paying attention as well. It’s not the pedestrians fault, but continue to look and make sure those lanes are clear,” Reid said.

CDOT said in June they’re going to spend up to $100,000 on a new cross walk with a elevated sign warning drivers. That will be triggered by infrared technology that will recognize when someone’s in the crosswalk. It’s similar to high-tech crosswalks near the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Denver.

  • Don Gilbert

    The problem isnt the intersection it the fact we cant keep drunk drivers out of vehicles and off the road. Suspending a licence is a joke asnd spending millions on enforcement during holidays is a waste of money. Forty thousand drunk driving tickets last year and Ill bet only a handful are not behind the wheel.

  • Bee

    The problem is the cross walk. Do you think that a Semi coming off of loveland pass is going to have enough time to stop their big rig when someone is in the cross walk? I don’t, as a driver who drives that road daily I find it hard enough to stop in time, and I’m in a little car. Not to mention the sun glare certain times of the day. I”m not making an excuse for this man as he should have never been behind the wheel or after drinking and I do understand that we need to keep drunk drivers off the road and this is no excuse for him. However the cross walk is dangerous. One suggestion is to follow what Florida does, on a busy road or highway when people need to cross the road, they hit a button that triggers a red light thus giving the motorist enough time to stop and in return letting those that are crossing know that it is safe to cross.

  • Chris

    There needs to be a stoplight there. As for drunk driving you can thank society for that. If we didnt praise alcohol so much and celebrate “st patricks day” as a holiday maybe people woudnt be prone to drinking and driving so much. Either way the bars are making money and now so is the government from this occurance. Driving drunk is stupid and he is fully at fault but if we can ever feel protected we need to take the proper actions such as listening to locals to fix problems. Stop promoting drinking and promote safety with alcohol!

  • Matt

    Mai bine ar fi ramas in Romania, daca ar fi stiut ce soarta al asteapta.
    Realitatea ca niciodata nu stim ce aduce ziua de maine. Sa-i fie tzarana usoara.

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