Various Locations, CO Auto Accidents, June 1962


By The Associated Press.
Seven persons died on Colorado highways over the weekend, boosting the state's traffic death toll to 162, compared with 183 at this time a year ago.
The latest victim was JUANITO EDUARDO ALCON, 21, of Leadville. He was killed Sunday night in a crash six miles east of La Junta on U.S. Highway 50.
The State Patrol said a car driven by DUGENE TITO FLORES, 23, also of Leadville failed to negotiate a curve, skidded for 776 feet and crashed into a ditch.
FLORES was not hurt but two other passengers from Leadville were taken to Santa Fe Hospital at La Junta. They are CRUCITO ERMINA FLORES, 23, who suffered possible spinal injuries and DOROTHY LORRAINE MARTINEZ, 17, who received lacerations and a possible skull fracture.
All occupants of the car were thrown out and ALCON was crushed when the vehicle rolled over.
Four persons, including a honeymooning couple, perished in another accident.
MARION H. HERRIC, 22, and his 19-year-old bride, VICKI, both of Ensign, Kan., died late Saturday night along with MRS. ALMA KEHL, 30, and DARREL DEAN KEHL, 1 year old, of Fort Lyon, Colo.
The State Patrol said the four were killed when a car driven by LEO THEODORE KEHL, 34, of Fort Lyon attempted to pass another westbound vehicle on U.S. 50 about seven miles east of Las Animas.
State Patrolman Stanley McGuire said KEHL'S car crashed head-on into an eastbound car driven by HERRICK and slammed it into the front of a westbound car driven by DAVID E. FRANK, 25, of Pueblo.
VICKI HERRICK and DARREL KEHL died at the scene. The others died of their injuries several hours later at the Bent County Hospital in Las Animas.
KEHL is reported in serious condition with a skull fracture and internal injuries. Another passenger in his car, DWAYNE KEHL, 4, also was hospitalized. FRANK was uninjured.
In the other accidents, JAMES BURTON HEDMAN, 30, of Denver, was killed Sunday afternoon when his car crashed against a cement railing of a viaduct. Witnesses said he crashed when he swerved to avoid hitting three children, who had darted into the path of the vehicle.
ROBERT WILLIAM HOLT, 25, of Hotchkiss, was killed early Sunday when his car went out of control three miles northeast of Austin, Colo., in Delta County. The State Patrol said the car rolled 275 feet down an embankment, struck a fence and overturned.

Greeley Daily Tribune Colorado 1962-06-11