Roll-over accident ends in creek |

Roll-over accident ends in creek

Reid Tulley

A roll-over accident was reported around 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, on County Road 3, near Horseshoe Campground about 25 miles northeast of Silverthorne.

Officials responded to the accident to find a Toyota truck approximately 70 feet down a steep embankment in the middle of Williams Creek on its passenger side.

The responding officer reported using a rope to access the vehicle and its occupants, Javen Levi McDonald, 33, of Kremmling and Javen Alec McDonald Jr., 14, of Greeley.

A U.S. Forest Service employee was first on the scene and was supporting the head and neck of the elder McDonald when the responding officer arrived.

The elder McDonald sustained a laceration on his lower right leg and was complaining of neck pain and was taken by a Flight for Life helicopter to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver.

McDonald Jr. received a small scratch to his lower right leg and stated he did not need medical attention.

The elder McDonald stated he was teaching his son how to drive when the accident happened and that he did not remember anything about how the accident happened.

The responding officer reported the possible odor of alcohol on the elder McDonald’s breath.

McDonald Jr. stated he was driving the truck at approximately 25 mph when he felt the truck hit a small object in the road, which pushed the truck toward the right side of the road. He then tried to turn the truck left, but it was too late and the truck went off of the right side of the road and rolled down the steep embankment into the creek.

He stated that both he and his father were wearing seat belts during the accident.

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