The fatal crash occurred between the hours of midnight and 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, but the wreckage was not discovered until several hours later. Twenty-one year-old Brandon Dellinger, the driver, and 21-year-old Richard Dillingham, the front seat passenger, were both killed in the crash. Twenty-year-old Aaron Parker, the back seat passenger, retained serious injuries and was air lifted to a hospital in Denver.
The Colorado State Patrol is still investigating what may have caused the car to run off the side of Otero County Road 28, and roll into a ravine.
Neither Dellinger nor Dillingham was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. There is no word on whether the back seat passenger was wearing restraints.
When used properly, seatbelts reduce traffic fatalities by 60 to 70 percent and of the 20 Colorado motorists killed in car crashes in 2011, 14 were not wearing seat belts. While airbags do offer some protection, the risk for fatality and injury is 25 times greater in motorists who are thrown from the vehicle.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an automobile fatality, an auto accident lawyer can provide guidance.