Names of injured in quadruple fatal released

7:16 PM, May 25, 2008   |    comments
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Troopers say a Dodge Avenger was trying to pass a tractor-trailer rig when the car struck an oncoming Dodge Caravan. State Patrol says two people in the car and two in the minivan were killed.

The two in the minivan, 75-year-old Jack Dewey and 65-year-old Shirley Dewey, both of Englewood, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The names of three people in the Dodge Avenger were released Sunday night. The fourth person's name has not been confirmed, according to troopers.

The driver of the Dodge Avenger, Sharath Chandragiri of Arlington, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man who was killed, whose name has name has not been released, was in the back seat, not wearing a seatbelt. Samarth Sampige and Pourna Narayana-Reddy, also of Arlington, Texas, were injured in the crash. According to the CSP, Sampige was in the front seat and had on a seat belt. Narayana-Reddy was in the back seat, behind Chandragiri, and isn't believed to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Sampige and Pourna Narayana-Reddy were both listed in critical condition Sunday night at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

A passenger in the Deweys' minivan, 87-year-old Rosalee Malaby of Glenwood Springs, was taken to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs with serious injuries. Troopers say Malaby and Jack Dewey were wearing their seatbelts; Shirley Dewey was not wearing her seatbelt properly.

Investigators say the car spun into the truck trailer after hitting the minivan, but the truck driver, 36-year-old David Colson of Roggen, wasn't injured.

Unsafe passing and excessive speed are believed to be factors in the crash, according to the State Patrol.

Eads is about 140 miles southeast of Denver.

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