A collision between a 2001 Hyundai sedan and an International trash truck resulted in the death of Kristina Hutchins, 73, of Paonia, the driver of the Hyundai. The crash occurred Wednesday, May 23, at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Highway 92 near mile marker 9.
The driver of the trash truck, a 67-year-old male from Paonia, sustained serious injuries. A 52-year-old male passenger in the trash truck, also of Paonia, sustained moderate injuries. Both were taken to Delta County Memorial Hospital. Neither of the males was wearing a seat belt. Hutchins was using a seat belt, but died at the scene.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, Hutchins was eastbound on Highway 92, went off the right side of the roadway slightly, returned to the roadway, crossed over both eastbound lanes, and into the path of the trash truck, which was westbound in the westbound lane. The trash truck rolled onto its roof. Drugs/alcohol are not considered as factors. The crash remains under investigation.
In the same area, and at about the same time, a truck pulling a flatbed with a piece of heavy equipment reportedly started several small blazes along the side of the road when a tire caught on fire. The two incidents appeared related but were not.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.