Ex-Boul­der mayor in­volved in wreck

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say Green­lee trig­gered the five-ve­hi­cle crash.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

The chil­dren of the for­mer Boul­der mayor who in­ves­ti­ga­tors say trig­gered a five-ve­hi­cle wreck Wed­nes­day on La Veta Pass ex­pressed sym­pa­thies Fri­day to the loved ones of the woman killed in the crash.

Robert “Bob” Green­lee — a prom­i­nent Colorado Repub­li­can and busi­ness­man — and his wife, Diane, were in­jured in the wreck on U.S. 160 that killed 70-year-old Pa­tri­cia Lucero.

The Colorado State Pa­trol says Green­lee was driv­ing a 2003 Cadil­lac Es­calade west­bound on the high­way when he went into on­com­ing traf­fic to pass a ve­hi­cle and struck Lucero’s 2010 Toy­ota Camry. That col­li­sion set off a chain of crashes that ul­ti­mately in­volved three other ve­hi­cles and left sev­eral oth­ers hurt, clos­ing the high­way for sev­eral hours, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

“On be­half of our par­ents and fam­i­lies, we would like to ex­press our deep­est sym­pa­thies to the loved ones of … Pat Lucero, who lost her life in this tragic ac­ci­dent,” An­neMarie Kemp, Green­lee’s daughter, said in a state­ment to the Daily Cam­era on Fri­day. “We un­der­stand she was a beloved mem­ber of her com­mu­nity and will be ter­ri­bly missed by all who knew and loved her.”

Kemp, who also wrote on be­half of her brother Rob Green­lee, wrote that fam­ily mem­bers would not an­swer any ques­tions or re­lease any ad­di­tional state­ments be­cause of the “on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in­juries sus­tained by our par­ents.”

Green­lee, 75, of Lafayette, was driv­ing the Es­calade that ap­par­ently in­sti­gated the wreck on La Veta Pass at about 12:15 p.m. Wed­nes­day, the Colorado State Pa­trol says.

After hit­ting Lucero’s Camry, au­thor­i­ties say the Toy­ota then hit a trac­tor­trailer be­fore cross­ing into the high­way’s west­bound lanes and strik­ing a 2006 Kia Spec­tra, au­thor­i­ties say. The Es­calade con­tin­ued west­bound and hit an east­bound BMW X5 head-on, caus­ing the BMW to roll onto its side, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The Es­calade came to rest on its wheels.

The State Pa­trol says speed is be­lieved to be a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in the wreck, which re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. No charges have been filed.

The Alam­osa Courier re­ports Lucero was an Alam­osa County em­ployee who was heav­ily in­volved in her com­mu­nity.

Green­lee was Boul­der’s mayor for a two-year stint in the late 1990s and also served on the City Coun­cil. He lost a tight bid for a U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives seat to Demo­crat Mark Udall in 1998 that at the time was clos­est U.S. House race in the state’s his­tory.

He has since be­come a colum­nist for the Daily Cam­era in ad­di­tion to his phil­an­thropic en­deav­ors. In the busi­ness realm, the Iowa State grad­u­ate and his wife founded Boul­der’s KBCO ra­dio sta­tion and he also co-founded Rock Bot­tom Restau­rants.

Robert Green­lee and his wife, Diane, were in­jured in Wed­nes­day’s in­ci­dent.

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