Accident on I-25 claims one life: Car rolled at Baptist Road on-ramp

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Alcohol is believed to be a cause in a single-car crash on Interstate 25 that left a Colorado Springs teacher dead and another seriously injured in the early morning hours of Jan. 13.

According to the Colorado State Patrol the 27-year-old Ashley Brooks of Colorado Springs sustained serious injuries when the 2006 Mazda 3 sedan she was driving overturned near the Baptist Road on-ramp. The passenger Katherine Banzhaf, 26, a teacher at Soaring Eagles Elementary School in Colorado Springs died as a result of her injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts.

In a press release sent out by CSP the Mazda was travelling southbound on I-25 when it veered onto the narrow eastern shoulder. The driver overcorrected as she attempted to bring the car back to its lane causing the Mazda to begin rotating clockwise. The Mazda continued to spin across the southbound lanes before it travelled off the western edge of the road.

The Mazda went across a grassy median that separates the lanes of the interstate from the on-ramp to Baptist Road and began to overturn when it reached the on-ramp. The car continued to roll across the on-ramp and down an embankment before it came to rest on its wheels facing north.

State troopers believe alcohol was a contributing factor and the accident remains under investigation.

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