Pedestrian killed in accident on Highway 82 was Basalt woman

by Chad Abraham

Victim worked as massage therapist in Basalt, Aspen

The woman who was struck and killed early Friday on Highway 82 in the midvalley was identified as Kathryn Kania of Basalt.

Kania, who was 53, was hit by a pickup truck around 1:50 a.m. in front of the Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park, which is near the Willits/Two Rivers Road intersection on Basalt’s western edge, said Sgt. Aaron Munch of the Basalt Police Department.

The Colorado State Patrol said in a press release that Kania was standing in the right lane of eastbound Highway 82, facing west, when she was struck by an eastbound 2003 Ford Ranger driven by Dawn Miller, 52, of Carbondale. The collision threw Kania off the right side of the road, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kathryn Kania

Miller was not injured and was not intoxicated, according to a press release from the Eagle County Coroner’s Office. She was able to make a controlled stop and called 911 immediately after the accident.

It’s unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in why Kania was standing where she was. Coroner Kara Bettis said an autopsy will be performed in the next few days.

Bettis’ press release says Kania worked as a massage therapist. According to her LinkedIn page, she worked as a craniosacral therapist at A Unique Touch in Basalt. She accepted clients in Aspen and Basalt.

Her Facebook page says she is originally from Endicott, N.Y. She had practiced massage since 2000, after graduating from the Colorado School of Healing Arts, according to the website for her business.

Kania moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2006 to live a mountain lifestyle, the website says.

The state patrol is conducting an accident reconstruction. The coroner’s release says it was raining heavily at the time of the collision.