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Two killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-70

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By Deborah Swearingen

Two people have died and six were injured Sunday morning after a Chevrolet pickup truck crossed the median on Interstate 70, crashing into several vehicles traveling eastbound.

Around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jeffery Stumpf, 54, of Evergreen was driving on I-70 near the Morrison exit when he veered off the left side of the westbound lanes, across the grassy median and into the eastbound lanes of traffic. According to Colorado State Patrol, his pickup truck struck the front of a Toyota 4Runner, rotating both cars counter-clockwise.

As the vehicles rotated, Stumpf’s Chevrolet hit a white Jeep Wrangler, which rolled onto its passenger side, and struck a red Jeep Wrangler Rubicon in the front. A Honda sedan was hit on its left side as the pickup truck completed its rotation and came to a stop.

Jodie Stewart, 52, of Idaho Springs, the driver of the 4Runner, died at the scene. Her passenger, a 17-year-old male, also of Idaho Springs, was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital with minor injuries.

Stumpf was the only person in his pickup truck. He was transported to St. Anthony’s and later died.

Mark and Karen Brown of Golden were riding in the white Jeep, which was the second vehicle struck by the truck. Mark, 54, and Karen, 50, were taken to St. Anthony’s with injuries.

The red Jeep was driven by Todd Davidson, 46, of Golden. He had minor injuries, though passengers Gwen Davidson, 45, of Golden and an unidentified 16-year-old male were transported to St. Anthony’s with serious injuries.

Sandra Maes of Denver, the driver of the Honda sedan, and her passenger, Thomas Antholz, were uninjured.

The five-vehicle crash shut down eastbound I-70 for more than five hours Sunday as Colorado State Patrol worked to clean up the road and investigate the scene of the crash.

“We need to know if it was a violent crime, a medical event or mechanical defect,” CSP Golden posted on Twitter.

As of Monday afternoon, there was no update on the condition of those injured in Sunday’s crash.

“I haven’t heard, but we’re only updated if people die,” said Trooper Nate Reid with CSP.

It is still unknown what caused the Chevrolet to cross into the eastbound lanes of I-70, but CSP is continuing to investigate.

Reid said alcohol containers were found in Stumpf’s car, but it’s is unsure whether this played a role in the accident.

“We’re not ruling that out, but obviously the coroner will have to confirm if there was or was not alcohol involved,” he said.

Stumpf, owner of Big Kahuna BBQ in the El Rancho area, was a staunch supporter of Drive Smart, the area nonprofit dedicated to preventing traffic-related fatalities and injuries.

“He was a major sponsor of Drive Smart,” said Jackie Mohr, the organization’s former executive director. “He was an amazing guy with a huge heart.”

She said he brought his food truck to all five Barks & Belts 5Ks, the pond hockey tournament and other fund-raising activitiesthat Drive Smart sponsored specifically because he wanted to help the organization.

“He genuinely with his heart believed in Drive Smart and its mission,” she said

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen atdswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042.