The organizers of a statewide campaign to boost drivers’ wariness of wildlife on Colorado roads identified Highway 82 as one of the most hazardous routes in the state Tuesday.
Between 1993 and 2003, there were 632 reported collisions between wildlife and vehicles on Highway 82, according to Monique DiGiorgio, executive director of the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project, which is heading the awareness campaign. There were 46 injuries reported in those crashes, although the research didn’t indicate any fatalities, she said.
That unfortunately changed this fall. Julian Gonzalez-Santillan of Carbondale was killed Nov. 4 when the car he was in swerved to miss an injured deer and rolled. He died on the scene. The accident occurred on westbound Highway 82 near Aspen Glen.
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