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A 77-year-old New Mexico man was killed Sunday in a single-vehicle rollover crash in northern El Paso County, the Colorado State Patrol said.

A 1997 Acura NSX was headed south on Elbert Road when it traveled onto the right shoulder for an unknown reason, the State Patrol said. The driver over-corrected, causing the car to rotate, "enter a broadside skid," go off of the left side of the road and become airborne.

The Acura then hit a fence and began to overturn, and Earl Whittemore was thrown from the car and killed. The crash was reported at 11:22 a.m. near Evans Road. 

The Acura's second occupant, Cara Brenza, 57, of New Mexico, was taken to a hospital by helicopter with severe injuries, the State Patrol said. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt.

The State Patrol has not determined who was driving the car.

Troopers don't believe the use of drugs or alcohol was a factor in the crash, but "speed is being investigated as a casual factor," the State Patrol said.

Witnesses to the crash are asked to call Trooper Joshua Yoder at 719-544-2424.

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to reflect that the State Patrol has not determined who was driving the 1997 Acura NSX.

Ellie is a general assignment reporter. She's a proud Midwesterner, stationery hoarder and Earl Grey tea enthusiast. After interning at The Gazette in 2015, she joined the newspaper's staff in 2016.

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