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Rocky Mountain News (CO) – Monday, June 20, 2005
Author/Byline: Clayton Woullard , Rocky Mountain News
Edition: Final
Section: News
Page: 16A
Two people died and several people were injured in two accidents that took place within a two-hour period Saturday night in the Denver metro area.

A Thornton woman was killed about 9:05 p.m. Saturday on northbound Interstate 25 between the University and Franklin exits.

The driver of a motorcycle, Brian Moore, 33, of Thornton, lost control and hit the center median, throwing himself and his wife, Benita Valdez- Moore, 32, from the bike, according to Denver police spokesman John White.

Valdez-Moore died as a result of her injuries, and Moore, who was taken to Denver Health Medical Center with serious injuries, was in fair condition Sunday night. Moore was cited for careless driving, White said.

A second fatality occurred less than two hours later, about 10:55 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 76 in Adams County.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, a 1982 Toyota and a 2004 Chevrolet were traveling eastbound on I-76 when the two vehicles swerved to avoid hitting a spare tire that had fallen off an unknown vehicle.

The two vehicles collided, causing the Chevrolet to spin and crash through the median into the westbound lanes, where it rolled and landed on its top. A 2000 Ford pickup truck traveling westbound on I-76 crashed into the Chevrolet.

Shelly Hampel, 46, of Henderson, who was riding in the Chevrolet, was pronounced dead at St. Anthony Central Hospital about an hour later. The driver, Scott Hampel, 40, also of Henderson, was taken to Denver Health with serious injuries.

The driver and a passenger in the Ford pickup were taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries Saturday.

The driver and a passenger in the Toyota were not hurt.

Brian Moore, 33, of Thornton, faces no charges related to a June 18 motorcycle crash on Interstate 25 that resulted in the death of his wife, Benita Valdez-Moore. This story on Monday, June 20, incorrectly characterized possible charges against Moore.

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