Rikki Cyr, 19, of Eckert has been cited for careless driving following a traffic accident on the Cory Grade Dec. 9.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, Cyr was traveling north on Highway 65 on the Cory grade at 8:25 a.m. She was following a vehicle driven by Jefferey Chheuy, 25, of Aurora. When Chheuy slowed to make a right turn onto Iris Drive, Cyr struck the left rear side of his vehicle. She veered into the southbound lane where she struck a pickup driven by Ronald Duchene, 59, of Cedaredge. After the head-on collision, the pickup drove off the west side of the highway and down a steep embankment, where it collided with a large tree.
Cyr's 2005 Chrysler Sebring traveled backwards after impact with Duchene's pickup and came to rest in the roadway on its wheels. She had to be extricated from her vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt.
Duchene and a passenger in his vehicle, 57-year-old Sanna Duchene, were also injured. According to Delta County Memorial Hospital, both were treated and released. A family friend said Sanna had ligament/tendon damage in her right hand which required surgery.
The accident was investigated by CSP Trooper David Kerker, with assistance from the Delta County Sheriff's Office, Delta County Ambulance District and Delta Fire Department.
The trooper estimated the speed of the vehicles driven by Cyr and Duchene at 55 mph, in a 55 mph zone. Chheuy had slowed to an estimated speed of 20 mph to make the turn onto Iris Road.
A Go Fund Me account has been established to help Eckert resident Rikki Cyr, age 19, with medical expenses.
According to her sister Carmen, Rikki incurred a brain injury, broken tibia, broken femur, dislocated knee, torn ACL, broken finger, broken toe, minor lacerations on the liver and spleen, and fractured C2 vertebrae. She has had surgery on both legs and on her hand; another surgery will be required to repair the ACL.
She is hospitalized at St. Mary's in Grand Junction and after some improvement has been moved from the ICU.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.