19-year-old Denver woman who died in weekend crash identified
Editor’s note: On Jan. 5, when this story originally ran, the Sky-Hi Daily News misidentified the victim in the crash. Here is an updated story, courtesy of 9News.
Courtesy of 9News
The woman who died in a car crash on Highway 9 on Sunday near Kremmling has been identified as 19-year-old Rachel Shem of Denver.
Two other people from Houston, 50-year-old Kenneth Nibbelink and 46-year-old Kerri Vestreng were seriously injured.
Shem’s Aunt says Rachel, also known as “Fee,” was a life-long Denver resident who was warm-hearted and loved to travel.
She attended Slavens Elementary School and volunteered there in high school.
Her aunt says Shem graduated from Denver East High School in 2008 and was a freshman at University of Northern Colorado.
She was en route to Steamboat Springs to meet family for a vacation at the time of the crash.
The Colorado State Patrol says Shem had lost control of her Honda heading north and spun into the southbound lanes. She was hit broadside by a Ford Explorer driven by Nibbelink.
Both Nibbelink and his passenger were initially taken to Kremmling Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
They were then taken by ambulance to St. Anthony Central Hospital of Denver. Shem died at the scene.
The Colorado State Patrol says roads were snowpacked at the time of the accident.
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