A teenage driver who died, along with her two passengers, in a head-on collision with a semi-truck on April 14 in Glenwood Canyon was under the influence of alcohol, according to the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.
According to the toxicology report, Brianda Zavala, 18, of Glenwood Springs, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.241, which is three times higher than the legal limit to drive. Colorado’s limit is 0.08.
Her two passengers had been consuming alcohol as well. Jennifer Nevarez, 16, of Carbondale, had a 0.091 blood alcohol level. The other passenger, Albino Ortiz-Monge, 24, of Gypsum, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.046, as well as traces of cocaine in his blood, according to toxicology reports. All died on scene from multiple injuries sustained in the crash.
Colorado State Patrol troopers say an Audi was heading east in a westbound lane at about 5:30 a.m. on April 14 when it collided with the semitrailer about 13 miles east of Glenwood Springs. The driver of the King Soopers semi-truck, Peter Zhuchok, 54, of Aurora, who was traveling west in the westbound lane, wasn’t hurt.
Construction in the canyon had shifted all eastbound traffic on I-70 into the normal westbound lanes, creating one eastbound lane and one westbound lane of traffic.
Nevarez and Ortiz-Monge were in the back seat and were not wearing seat belts. Zavala was apparently strapped in, according to the state patrol.
CSP trooper Bonnie L. Collins couldn’t provide details of where the group was traveling from or where they were going, saying the accident is under investigation.