A Christmas morning rollover crash near La Junta killed a 19-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman and injured another passenger.
Britney Ackerman was pronounced dead after the crash on HighwayU.S. 50 five miles east of La Junta, in which the driver of a westbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier overcorrected and rolled the car, ejectingthrowing Ackerman and another rear passenger from the car. Neither wore a seat belt.
The other passenger who was thrown, Carlos Belalcazar, 20, of Kansas City, Kan., suffered minor injuries.
The driver, Ulises Nunez, 21, also of Kansas City, Ks., was uninjured.
The Colorado State Patrol said “drugs are considered a possible factor in the crash,” but a news release did not specify how investigators reached that conclusion.