Troopers: Littleton woman killed in Chaffee County crash involving stolen car

CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. — Excessive speed and drugs are blamed for a crash that killed a Littleton woman Wednesday morning.

The Colorado State Patrol said the crash happened around 6:30 a.m. on Chaffee County Road 191, about a half mile south of Highway 291. That’s about nine miles north of Poncha Springs. A red 1996 BMW 28I sedan was headed northbound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The car went off the left side of the road and rolled three times, ejecting the front passenger.

Troopers said the car had been reported stolen out of Alamosa.

The front passenger, 33-year-old Melissa Jaramillo of Littleton, died on the scene. Troopers said she was not wearing her seatbelt.

Three men who were in the car ran from the scene. Troopers found one of them, 34-year-old William Marquez of Alamosa. The other two have not been found.

Troopers said excessive speed and drugs are considered factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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