Las Animas Youth Dies in Vehicle Accident

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on Bent County Road 12
.1 miles north of JJ road on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at approximately 2130 hours (9:30pm). The crash is approximately 2 miles north east of Las Animas, Colorado.

16 year-old Cutter Nicholas of Las Animas CO was northbound on Bent County Road 12 when
he lost control of the 1996 Ford F-250. Cutter steered hard to the left causing the Ford to rotate
counter-clockwise off the left side of the road. The ford then rolled ½ times and came to rest
on its roof. Cutter was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries.

Two other passengers were not wearing their seatbelts and were transported to Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta with minor to moderate injuries. 19 year-old Danielle Gonzales of Las Animas, CO was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced deceased on-scene.

Alcohol is not a factor in the crash and the crash remains under investigation.


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