2 children die in crash after driver loses control on snowpacked highway

Crash happened on U.S. 50 east of Gunnison

GUNNISON, Colo. - Two children died in a crash on snowpacked U.S. Highway 50 east of Gunnison on Saturday morning.

The Colorado State Patrol said a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling west at 8 a.m., when the driver lost control on the highway and spun into the eastbound lane.  The Cobalt was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound 1994 Chevrolet Beretta.

The two passengers in the Cobalt, a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, were killed in the crash.  The boy died at the scene, while the girl was pronounced dead at the local hospital.  The State Patrol said both children were restrained at the time of the crash.

The Cobalt's driver, 22-year-old Jamie Dowling of Irving, Texas, was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained serious injuries.  She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

The Beretta's driver, 23-year-old Everardo Ento-Salida of Gunnison, was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries.

Excessive speed and alcohol and/or drug use are not suspected as contributing factors in the crash at this time, the State Patrol said.  The snowpacked roadway had been plowed prior to the crash, and snow was falling at the time of the crash.

No charges have been filed against either driver, and any potential charges will be determined at the conclusion of the investigation, the State Patrol said.