Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 14, 2013

Boy and girl dead after auto crash

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A 22-year-old former Gun Barrel City resident is recovering from injuries that killed her two children in Gunnison County, Colorado on Saturday.

Jamie Dowling of Irving has been released from Gunnison Valley Hospital where she was taken following the 2-vehicle wreck that occurred on an icy stretch of Colorado State Highway 50, east of Gunnison.

Five-year-old Landyn Scott Dowling and 2-year-old Rayleigh Kay died in the wreck.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis, information officer at the state office in Lakeland, Colo. issued a statement giving details of the early morning crash. 

At 8 a.m., Saturday, a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Dowling was traveling west, near milepost 169, when the driver lost control on the snowpacked highway. The Cobalt spun into the eastbound lane, and was struck on its passenger side by an eastbound 1994 Chevrolet Beretta driven by 23-year-old Everardo Ento-Salida of Gunnison.

According to the report, Dowling was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash, and was transported to Gunnison Valley Hospital for treatment.

The children were restrained at the time of the crash, but sustained fatal injuries. Landyn, the 5-year-old boy, died at the scene, while Rayleigh was pronounced dead at the local hospital. 

The driver of the Beretta was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, and sustained minor injuries.

The investigating officer did not detect excessive speed, alcohol or drug use as contributing factors to the crash. The snow on the road had been plowed before the crash, but fresh snow was falling at the time of the wreck.

Colorado State Patrol reports that no charges were filed against either driver at the time of the wreck, but the investigation was ongoing.