Passengers killed in I-70 crash near Wadsworth

Sara Van Cleve
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Two people died and the driver of a 1997 Ford Taurus remains hospitalized after a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Jennifer Elizabeth Rhodes, 35, of Adams County, died at the scene of the accident and Cody Duane Crosby, 33, of Lakewood, died Sunday, May 26, after being removed from life support.

The driver, William Wheeler, sustained severe head trauma and was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, said Jill McGranahan, Arvada Police Public Relations Coordinator.

Wheeler’s hometown was not given by authorities. An update on his medical condition was not available by press time.

It is unknown if alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

None of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

The accident occurred at approximately 7 a.m. Saturday, May 25, according to the Arvada Police Department.

The vehicle was traveling westbound on I-70 at highway speed when it struck the rear of an unoccupied Ford F-350 truck.

The truck was parked in the emergency breakdown lane where southbound Wadsworth Boulevard merges with I-70 west.

The truck had a 300-gallon diesel fuel storage tank in its bed that was damaged, resulting in about 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilling on the roadway and into the stormdrain.