Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Steamboat Springs No charges will be filed in connection with a snowmobiling accident that killed a woman in January.
Carol Wayland, 42, of Sylvan Lake, Mich., died Jan. 10 when she was struck by a truck as she attempted to cross U.S. Highway 40 near the Dumont Lake parking area. Wayland was with a group from Steamboat Snowmobile Tours at the time of the accident.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar said Friday that he did not find any evidence that Steamboat Snowmobile Tours or the tour guide was at fault.
Kaspar said he based his conclusion on interviews with witnesses and statements made by the truck driver, 54-year-old Steven Bush of Craig. Bush told Kaspar that Wayland didn't look both ways before she crossed the highway.
"If she had looked both ways, she probably wouldn't have pulled out in front of that truck," Kaspar said. "Through my investigation, I don't see any reasons to file charges against anyone."
Kaspar said Wayland was on a snowmobile tour with her husband and had just reached the Dumont Lake parking area when she was struck by the truck that was bringing a load of lumber into Steamboat Springs.
During earlier interviews, Kaspar said the driver of the truck told Kaspar he never saw Wayland look to her left as she crossed the road.
Colorado State Patrol reports indicate that Bush was not speeding at the time of the accident,and was able to slow his truck to 40 mph before hitting Wayland.
Grand County Coroner Dave Schoenfeld said Wayland died instantly from massive injuries to her neck and organs.
Marcia Cobb, who owns Steamboat Snowmobile Tours with her husband, Jason Cobb, declined to comment about the investigation or Kaspar's findings Tuesday.
Cobb said during earlier interviews that Wayland's death was the company's first in nine years.