One dead in head-on crash


MOFFAT — A New Mexico man was killed and others seriously injured Sunday afternoon in a head-on collision north of Moffat.

The Colorado State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash at 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, on Colorado Highway 17 five miles north of Moffat.

Seoungbean Cho, 31, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was driving a 2017 Nissan Armada north on Highway 17 when his vehicle drove into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe pulling a trailer in the southbound lane, according to the Colorado State Patrol investigation.

The Nissan rolled onto its right side, and the Chevrolet rolled completely off the side of the road. 

Casey Hollaway, 43, from Melrose, New Mexico, the driver of the Chevrolet, died in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin. 

His passengers — Safrona Hollaway, 39, and Misha Riley, 23, both from Melrose, New Mexico — were both transported to San Luis Valley Health in Alamosa with serious injuries. 

The passengers of the Nissan — Eve-Jee Kim, 29, and two children, ages 2 and 1, from Albuquerque, New Mexico — were also transported to the Alamosa hospital. Cho was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol. Seatbelts were in use.  Speed is not believed to be a factor.  The crash remains under investigation. 

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