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Crash injuries Costilla deputy

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 2nd, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — A Costilla County Sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured last Friday when his vehicle collided with a semi-tractor-trailer on Highway 150, but his condition is improving by the day.

Emergency responders initially transported Deputy Keith Schultz to the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center by ambulance. But the 33-year-old deputy’s injuries were so severe that he was later flown to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood for additional medical care.

As of Monday afternoon, Schultz was recovering from a significant head injury, according to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Doug Conrad.

“He is doing a lot better,” Conrad said. “He’s stable; he’s breathing on his own.”

According to a Colorado State Patrol press release, Schultz was driving south on Highway 150 in response to a June 28 disturbance call in the San Luis area.

As he neared milepost 7, a southbound truck driven by Justin D. Tamburelli slowed down to turn left into a gravel pit.

Schultz was passing the truck in his unmarked Ford Crown Victoria as the semi turned off the road, and both vehicles collided.

Tamburelli, 32, was not injured during the accident.

The Colorado State Patrol responded to the scene at 4:43 p.m. on June 28. It is continuing to investigate the incident.

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