Silverthorne man charged with DUI, vehicular homicide in Keystone pedestrian death |

Silverthorne man charged with DUI, vehicular homicide in Keystone pedestrian death

A Romanian man visiting Summit County on Saturday was killed while trying to cross Highway 6 at Rasor Drive in Keystone, and a Silverthorne man is being held on charges of driving under the influence and vehicular homicide.

The Denver Post reports Wesley Wilson, 20, also is charged with possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid. He is being held at the Summit County Jail.

According to the Summit County coroner, Mircea Vasaram, 33, was visiting friends in Denver and were up skiing for the day. Vasaram, 33, was in the crosswalk just before 7 p.m. Saturday when he was struck by a 1999 Subaru Outback traveling westbound on Highway 6. He was flown from the scene of the accident to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, where he died. One witness told the Daily Vasaram was wearing ski boots at the time of the incident.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Dangerous intersection

The crosswalk has been flagged by some as a dangerous place for pedestrians where cars rarely stop for pedestrians. Area residents have recently approached the county and the Colorado Dept. of Transportation to look at ways to increase safety there.

“We’ve asked CDOT to see what kinds of ideas they could come up with to make it safer for pedestrians to cross the highway,” Summit County assistant town manager Thad Noll told the Daily in January.

One possible solution discussed would be a “refuge island,” between the eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway, allowing pedestrians to stop halfway and wait for a safe opportunity to finish crossing the street.

CDOT was expected to do pedestrian counts in the area of Rasor Drive beginning Jan. 7, Noll said.

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