18-Year-Old Norwood Resident Killed in Weekend Crash
Eighteen-year-old Norwood resident Jessica L. Ditton died Saturday, March 15, from injuries sustained in a late-night automobile crash near Miramonte Reservoir.
Ditton, who was driving a 1990 two-door Toyota, had stopped and exited her car, and was "standing on the driver's side," according to a Colorado State Patrol report, when a she was hit by a second vehicle driven by a 17-year-old.
Ditton, who suffered "massive head and chest injuries," was sent via Care Flight to St. Mary's Hospital, in Grand Junction, but went into cardiac arrest and died at approximately 1:35 a.m. Saturday morning.
According to witnesses, Ditton was with a group of teenagers at Miramonte Reservoir when a rumor circulated that the police were coming and the group broke up.
Ditton, concerned that the 17-year-old male driving behind her was unfit to drive, got out of her car to wave him on so that she could follow him. But when she stepped out of her car, near the intersection of 44 ZS Road and 45 M Road, the 17-year-old driver hit Ditton and her vehicle, which "traveled 109 feet and stopped off the right edge of the road," according to state patrol reports.
The 17-year-old driver is in custody at Grand Mesa Youth Services. According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gordon Strople: "We suspect that alcohol was involved, but we don't have the results back yet" from the lab.
The family "made it possible for organ donations," reports San Miguel County Coroner Bob Dempsey.
It is expected that charges will be filed against the 17-year-old driver.