Driver in fatal wreck following Grand Lake fireworks show arrested
GRAND LAKE, Colo. — One person is dead and as many as four others were injured after a vehicle hit pedestrians on Highway 34 following a Fourth of July fireworks show in Grand Lake on Thursday.
The Colorado State Patrol confirmed a white Ford pickup truck hit five people crossing the highway to leave the show about three miles south of Grand Lake around 10:30 p.m.
Though CSP troopers commended the driver for staying on scene, troopers also indicated that alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.
That 33-year-old driver, Lucas Ackerman, was arrested under suspicion of DUI. The passengers in his vehicle, a female and an unspecified number of minor children, were not harmed, according to CSP.
Greg Westley, 50, of Estes Park was pronounced dead on the scene, according to a CSP press release issued Friday. His wife, Debbie Westley, 50, was airlifted to Denver Health with serious injuries,
Three other children — a 19-year-old female, a 10-year-old female and a 3-year-old male — were also airlifted to Denver Health. The 19-year-old and 3-year-old had serious injuries, but both were in stable condition on Friday. The 10-year-old had minor to moderate injuries.
Other patrons trying to leave the show were left stranded after the wreck, as Highway 34 was closed for several hours in both directions during the investigation and clean-up processes.
The highway did not completely reopen until 3 a.m. Friday.