Alamosan dies in collision


ALAMOSA — An Alamosa woman died Friday night as a result of a two-vehicle collision about four miles west of Alamosa on Highway 160.

Cherryl Vega Ruiz, 31, of Alamosa, was a passenger in the backseat of a Chevrolet Venture van that was rear-ended by a Hyundai Sonata about 8:30 p.m. on May 11. Ruiz died due to injuries sustained in the crash.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, a Chevy Venture van driven by Steven Doyle, 46, of Del Norte was heading west on Highway 160 about four miles west of Alamosa when it performed a U-turn and started going east. A Hyundai Sonata driven by Brittany Heredia, 20, of Monte Vista was heading east on Highway 160, and when the vehicle driven by Doyle made a U-turn, the Hyundai Sonata rear-ended the van. The van skidded off the right side of the road after the impact. The Sonata spun counter-clockwise after the impact and came to rest in the roadway.

Doyle sustained moderate injuries in the crash, according to the Colorado State Patrol. One of his passengers, Julius Baroz, 28, of Capulin, also received moderate injuries in the crash. Both were taken to the SLV Regional Medical Center. Ruiz, who was in the backseat, died as a result of the crash.

Heredia received minor injuries from the crash and was transported to SLV Regional Medical Center.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected as being factors in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.