Longmont teen dies in car crash


MINERAL COUNTY — A Longmont teen died Monday afternoon when her car rolled down a steep embankment on Highway 160 west of South Fork.

Juliana Sunn Ellsmore, 19, of Longmont was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday after the 2006 Acura she was driving rolled down an embankment and collided with trees and a large rock.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, which responded to the crash, the accident occurred at 1:25 p.m. on December 18, at on Hwy 160 in Mineral County, 17 miles west of South Fork.  

Investigation at the scene revealed a 2006 Acura was westbound on Colorado Highway 160. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and went air-borne down a steep embankment. The vehicle collided with several trees and a large rock. The vehicle then rolled one time and came to rest on its wheels facing east.

Ellsmore, the driver of the vehicle, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Mineral County Coroner.    

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash. Seatbelts were not in use by the driver. Speed is not believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.