Truck Accident in Colorado

Truck Accident in Colorado

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KIOWA, Colo. -- 64-year-old Richard Widmier was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections and three years parole on Friday, for causing the deaths of two people along Interstate 70 during a snow storm in April 2009.

The accident occurred about seven miles west of Limon, Colo.

Widmier pleaded guilty to two counts of Vehicular Homicide in September 2010. He was sentenced to five years for each count, and the sentences will run concurrently.

Witness statements and accident reconstructions indicate that Widmier was traveling between 56 and 63 mph during near white-out conditions when the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed into the rear end of the victim's 2004 Jeep Liberty.

The victim's vehicle was travelling around 15 mph in the right lane of I-70 because of the extreme weather conditions.

Ginger M. Gillespie, 48, and Lois A. Kelton, 77, died almost immediately from the force of the impact and the resulting fire.