A Parker woman was killed after a man driving a full-size pick-up truck failed to stop at a red light on South Parker Road and struck her vehicle from behind.
Vicki Jo Boyer, 59, was stopped in the center northbound lane of South Parker Road at North Pinery Parkway when a Ford F-350 hit her Cadillac SRX shortly before 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25, said Colorado State Patrol trooper Josh Lewis. Boyer was resuscitated at the scene and listed in critical condition for five days before succumbing to a brain injury Oct. 30 at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
The state patrol’s lead investigator, Dan Musgrave, said the driver of the pick-up, Jason Jones, 27, of Elizabeth, faces charges of careless driving causing death and careless driving causing injury. An 18-year-old passenger in his vehicle suffered minor injuries in the accident, as did Jones.
Jones was issued a summons for a first-appearance court date, however, that date was not immediately available. Formal charges have not yet been filed with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office.
According to Musgrave and Boyer’s friends who visited the scene, there were no tire marks or other indications that Jones applied the brakes before striking Boyer’s vehicle. Musgrave said the Ford F-350 was likely traveling at or slightly above the posted speed limit of 55 mph at the moment of impact.
When asked whether distracted driving might have caused the crash, Musgrave said it is still under investigation. It is “unknown” whether drugs or alcohol played a factor, he said. Boyer, who lived on Fox Sparrow Road in the Timbers, was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Boyer was an avid golfer and active member at the Pinery Country Club, serving as the president of the Pinery Ladies Golf Association for the last two years. She is being remembered by a large circle of friends as an energetic and “feisty” woman with an “indomitable spirit,” said Trish Hershey, a close friend who spoke to Boyer hours before the accident.
Hershey drove up to the scene minutes after the crash, before emergency vehicles had arrived. When she saw Boyer’s personalized license plates on a severely damaged vehicle, Hershey said she knew her friend was in trouble. She tried in vain to call Boyer, and later followed the ambulance to the hospital to be with her friend. Boyer had been on her way to pick up her dog from the veterinarian when the accident occurred.
Boyer’s husband, Steve, was at the Orlando airport and received a phone call from the chaplain at Littleton Adventist urging him to come home. Family members and friends rallied around Boyer, speaking words of encouragement to her. Boyer never regained consciousness.
Hershey said she is glad Boyer had the chance to visit her son and twin 10-month-old grandbabies in California a week before she passed away. Boyer’s death will leave a big hole in a tight-knit community. A celebration of her life is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. Hershey expects that it will be a capacity crowd.
“She’s one of those people you would never forget. Just a lot of fun,” Hershey said. “She’s going to be greatly missed by all of us.”