Woman killed in Interstate 25 crash

January 13, 2013

Colorado State Patrol troopers say alcohol may have contributed to an early morning fatal crash on Interstate 25 near Monument Sunday.

Troopers say a driver lost control of her southbound Mazda just before 1:30 a.m. near the Baptist Road exit, just north of the Air Force Academy.

The Mazda spun across the interstate before hitting the median and rolling.

The Mazda’s passenger, identified as 26-year-old Katherine Banzhaf, suffered fatal injuries, troopers said.

The Mazda’s driver, 27-year-old Ashley Brooks, was taken to a hospital with what troopers called serious injuries.

Both wore seat belts.

Troopers spent hours Sunday probing the crash. At 8 a.m., the State Patrol issued a news release saying alcohol was considered to be a contributing factor in the wreck, which remained under investigation.

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