U.S. 287 crash kills one
June 1, 2008
By Coloradoan staff
One person was killed in an automobile crash on U.S. Highway 287 north of
Fort Collins on Saturday morning in a nearly head-on collision.
happened shortly after 10 a.m. near milepost 351 on U.S. 287, which
is about a mile northwest of the intersection of U.S. 287 and
Larimer County Road 54G just east of LaPorte.
Avalanche driven by Gregory P. Nessler, 20, of Fort Collins was
traveling southbound on U.S. 287, according to authorities, when it
veered across the northbound lane, hitting a northbound Toyota Camry
almost head-on at "highway speeds."
The passenger of the
Camry, identified as Christopher E. Douglas, 28, of Lisbon, Maine,
was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Camry, identified by authorities as Amy V. White,
24, of Denver, and the driver and a passenger from the Avalanche
were taken to area hospitals.
The passenger in the Avalanche was identified as Tyler Santomaso,
20, of Fort Collins.
The passenger of the Camry was removed
by firefighters about an hour after the crash.
Police said the Camry attempted to make an evasive maneuver but was
unable to avoid the collision.
Drugs are suspected as
contributing factors on the part of the driver of the Chevy
Avalanche, according to a news release.
Nessler has been
arrested and charged with one count of vehicular homicide and one
count of vehicular assault, among other charges.
Police Photo of Nessler & Crash Scene
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June 4, 2008
July 2, 2009
During a series of events rarely seen inside
a Colorado courtroom, Gregory Nessler was allowed Tuesday during his sentencing
hearing to turn and face the family of the Maine man he killed last year while
driving high on drugs.
Before he was sentenced ...