Colorado State Patrol

Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30pm

From the Garfield County Coroner’s Office:

On Monday November 16, 2015 at 3:50am, doctors at Children’s Hospital pronounced 12-year old Amelia Bradley’s death. Amelia was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash in the morning hours of October 26, 2015.

Amelia’s mother, Lori Rink, a Rifle Elementary teacher, was pronounced dead on scene.

Amelia’s cause of death is multiple injuries and manner of death is accident. The Garfield County

Coroner’s Office offers its condolences to the family and friends of Lori and Amelia.


The Colorado State Patrol has identified a Glenwood Springs man killed in a hit and run earlier this week on Interstate 70.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

  Two men are recovering well after a plane crash in the Roaring Fork Valley on Sunday. Pilot Benoit de la Vaissiere was flying with a friend, when he had engine trouble just south of Glenwood Springs.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says pilot Benoit de la Vaissiere and passenger Dmitre (last name unknown) were in the plane at the time of Sunday’s crash.

Family of Meleyna Kistner

  A Basalt woman will spend five years on probation for causing a fatal car crash on Highway 133 last summer. The accident killed a young woman who was traveling cross-country with her boyfriend. Note: this article includes Aspen Public Radio’s full interview with Christine Tinner.

    Family members of two Midwestern residents packed a Pitkin County courtroom last week, telling a judge why a Basalt resident should be held accountable for an accident she caused on Highway 133 in August. Indiana student Meleyna Kistner died and her boyfriend, Daniel Thul, was injured. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story on what comes next for their families and the defendant.

There has not been a sentence handed down yet for a Basalt woman charged with killing another driver. The sentencing hearing for the case is unusually long. Twenty-one year-old Indiana student Meleyna Kistner was on a road trip last August when she died on Highway 133. She and her boyfriend were on a sharp curve south of Carbondale, when they were struck by Christine Tinner, of Basalt. Tinner has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors, both for careless driving.

Marci Krivonen

Colorado State Patrol responded to two fatal accidents in our region Saturday. The first happened near Emma, on Highway 82. A 53-year-old Aspen man was killed just before 5pm in the westbound lanes. His name has not yet been released.

Colorado State Patrol

Seat belts could have prevented major injuries in October’s major bus crash near Carbondale. A Roaring Fork Transit Authority bus rolled onto its side, sending at least ten people to the hospital. Less a month later, the federal government decided to require seat belts in exactly the kind of bus that wrecked. The requirement won’t start until 2016. In the meantime, an internal investigation and county traffic court are delving into what happened the night of the accident.

Roaring Fork Transit Authority

There are still big questions about a bus accident near Carbondale last weekend. The Colorado State Patrol says a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus hit a concrete barrier after swerving around another vehicle. But the agency continues to collect information to figure out what happened… and the agency responsible for the bus says there may be two different stories.