Fatality in canyon crash

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A woman died in the early morning hours of June 12 when the vehicle she was driving went off the roadway in Clear Creek Canyon and was found submerged in the waters of Clear Creek.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Elizabeth Ruth Lucero, 60, from Northglenn. Emergency responders found Lucero inside the car, and U.S. 6 was closed for several hours during the recovery operation.

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

Golden Dispatch received a call from a motorist on U.S. 6 at 6:16 a.m. The caller said she saw a car go over the edge of the road in Clear Creek Canyon.

“By the time (the caller) got out and looked over the edge, the car just wasn’t there,” Battalion Chief Jerry Stricker said.

Emergency responders arrived on scene and eventually found the vehicle, — a silver Ford sedan — about a quarter mile downstream from where it exited the roadway. It was found near mile marker 268.

Stricker said only the radio antenna was visible above the water line.

Wednesday afternoon the Clear Creek Canyon roadway was closed. About two dozen West Metro Fire and Golden Fire personnel responded to the scene. Fire and rescue workers entered the water, and attached tow ropes to the car.

“It was a difficult. A technical (recovery) that took a few hours,” Golden Public Information Officer Karlyn Tilley said. “Our crews are some of the most well-trained in water rescue so they’re often called in for these types of (situations).”

Stricker said the water volume in Clear Creek likely was at its annual peak the morning of the accident.