MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista teenager Kaylie Thompson, 16, died Friday night in a car accident about seven miles northeast of Monte Vista.
Colorado State Patrol (CSP) troopers responded to the single vehicle rollover accident on July 12 at 7:25 p.m. on Rio Grande County Road 3 East just north of Rio Grande County Road 5 North.
CSP investigation revealed Thompson was driving a
2009 Pontiac sedan southbound on RG County Road 3E when it went off the west side of the road. Thompson over corrected the vehicle, according to the CSP report, causing it to come back onto the road and go out of control, then go off the east side of the road where it collided with a utility pole. The vehicle then rolled one half time and collided with a metal granary. The vehicle came to rest on its top in a ditch, according to the CSP report.
Thompson was partially ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. Rio Grande County Coroner Rusty Strohmayer pronounced her dead at the scene.
Investigators are still trying to determine whether speed and distracted driving contributed to the crash but are not suspecting drug or alcohol use.
A seatbelt was not in use, according to the CSP. This is the second fatal crash in the San Luis Valley in the last month in which lack of a seatbelt contributed to the driver sustaining fatal injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
A funeral for Thompson, who was a Monte Vista High School student, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, at the Sargent Community Church.