Coroner IDs man killed Friday night on US 40 in Grand County |

Coroner IDs man killed Friday night on US 40 in Grand County

First-responders work a car wreck Friday night on US Highway 40 east of Granby.
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The Grand County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed in a high-speed car wreck Friday night in Grand County as Freddie Ray Carillo, 49, of Grand Lake.

Based on information released by Colorado State Patrol, Carillo caused the two-vehicle collision on US Highway 40 about eight miles east of Granby around 11 p.m. Friday.

CSP reported the wreck happened after a Grand County Deputy saw Carillo driving a black Range Rover at a high speed and activated his emergency lights to stop the speeding SUV.

At that point, Carillo allegedly accelerated to over 100 mph, and the deputy lost sight of the SUV. A short time later, the deputy was searching for the Range Rover and saw debris on the highway.

Authorities soon located two vehicles involved in the crash, as both automobiles had gone far off the side of the road in an area that was dark and unlit.

According to CSP, an investigation revealed that Carillo caused the wreck when the Range Rover hit a red Subaru Outback inside the westbound lanes.

Carillo was found dead at the scene. The driver of the Subaru was taken by EMS to Middle Park Health-Granby Campus, where she was stabilized, before being flown to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver.

While the woman suffered serious injuries, she was not in critical condition, according to CSP. On Monday, a CSP spokesman said the woman was visiting from California.

US 40 remained closed for about two hours before the crash scene was documented and travel resumed in both directions.

The crash remains under investigation. Speed, impairment, reckless driving and attempting to elude law enforcement are all suspected factors in the collision, though CSP has not yet released any specific motives for why Carillo might have been trying to elude police.

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