A family of five walking eastbound on E. 5th Street was struck from behind by a 26-year-old Delta resident suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Delta Police Department responded to the accident in the area of E. 5th and B Street Friday, June 22, at about 6:45 p.m.
An adult male and his 2-year-old son were transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The adult male was later transferred to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.
The DPD reports that the family was walking eastbound on E. 5th Street when Ramiro Ortega-Pena came around the corner and struck two of them from behind. Ortega-Pena who initially left the scene, was arrested and booked into the Delta County Jail on charges of vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, driving a motor vehicle while license cancelled/denied and reckless endangerment.
The case is still under investigation by the Delta Police Department.
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.