Trucker Admits Guilt In Crash That Killed 2 On I-70

Big Rig Was Traveling 56-65 MPH In Whiteout Conditions

A 64-year-old trucker from Texas has pleaded guilty in causing the deaths of two women who were killed during a 2009 snow storm.

Richard Widmier pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide. He entered his plea in state court, state prosecutors in Elbert County said Wednesday.

Widmier was driving a tractor-trailer rig when it slammed into the rear of a Jeep Liberty on eastbound Interstate 70, about 7 miles west of Limon.

Ginger Gillespie, 48, and 77-year-old Lois Kelton, both of Grand Junction, were killed. They died almost immediately from the force of impact and the resulting fire.

Investigators said the Jeep was traveling at about 15 mph in the far right lane because of white-out conditions.

Witness statements and accident reconstructions indicate Widimier was going between 56 and 63 mph, investigators said.

Two other vehicles were hit in the April 4, 2009 crash, but no other serious injuries were reported.

Sentencing is Nov. 12.

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