drive around the campfire …
[ By Mark Reaman ]
The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) is investigating an incident that resulted in multiple injuries that occurred late Monday evening, July 4th, at a popular campground near Farris Creek off Brush Creek Road, which is regularly frequented by local boys is used by adults. A car accident resulted in the hospitalization of a Crested Butte woman who was eventually transferred to a Colorado Springs hospital. Three other local young adults were also injured in the incident. An 18-year-old Texas man was taken into custody and charged with two violations.
According to CSP Soldier Josh Lewis, William Runyon of Dallas, Texas, was at a camping party and driving a 2009 Toyota SUV in circles around a campfire. He then hit 18-year-old Lillian Brodie of Crested Butte, seriously injuring her. Three other local children were also hit by the car: an 18-year-old man from Crested Butte who was taken to Gunnison Valley Hospital with moderate injuries; a 16-year-old Gunnison man who suffered minor injuries but was not taken to hospital; and another 18-year-old Crested Butte woman who sustained moderate injuries and was also not taken to the hospital.
The Colorado State Patrol was notified of the accident at approximately 10:56 p.m. and CSP, along with Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte Police Officers, responded to the scene.
Lewis stated that Runyon left the scene and Brodie was taken to Gunnison Valley Hospital where she was admitted with significant injuries and later transferred to Colorado Springs.
Local police forces were on hand to help investigate the situation. Lewis said Runyon was eventually taken into custody later that night. Lewis said the CSP report raised suspicions that Runyon was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but officers are awaiting the toxicology report.
According to the Gunnison Combined Courts, Runyon was charged with reckless vehicle attack and leaving the scene causing grievous bodily harm. He posted $5,000 bail and was released from prison. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 19 at 10 a.m. Gunnison County Court.
Lewis stressed that the incident is still being investigated.