A tragic story coming out of Colorado this evening reporting that a family of three have been killed after a Chevrolet SUV they were driving struck a bear.
The tragedy occurred on the interstate 70 outside of Rifle, Colorado as the family were traveling along the highway and a bear jumped in front of their vehicle.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper said that in total there were seven passengers inside of the SUV, all hailing from New Castle.
The SUV reportedly slid across the center median, crossing over several lanes of traffic before it flew off Interstate 70, the Colorado State Patrol Trooper said.
7 year old Kimberly Hernandez, and her 63 year old grandfather Eugenio Hernandez Altamirano were both pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from the vehicle, according to Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire.
The 15 year old sister of Kimberly and granddaughter of Eugenio, Brizeyda Hernandez, was later pronounced dead after being transported to Grand River Hospital in Rifle.
The other occupants of the vehicle, Kimberly’s 36 year old father, her 32 year old mother, her 62 year old grandmother, and her 9 year old brother were all transported to separate hospitals in both Glenwood Springs, and in Rifle.
According to a Colorado State Patrol press release, the bear which was struck also died in the incident, and was taken off the road by the Department of Wildlife.
According to the Colorado State Highway Patrol none of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts or were in child safety seats.
A terribly sad story that reminds everyone to hold those they love dear and remind them each day how much they mean to you, because you never know when it will be your last.
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