Three Die When Elderly Driver Heads the Wrong Way Down I-70 on Christmas Night

December 26, 2017 Updated: December 26, 2017

An 86-year-old man and his 96-year-old passenger, as well as a third person are dead after the man drove the wrong way down I-70 outside Aurora, Colorado, on Christmas night and collided with a pickup truck.

Trooper Josh Lewis of the Colorado State Patrol reported that 86-year-old Gerald Arnett, 86, headed west on the eastbound side of I-70 with his passenger, Betty Arnett, 96, both from Wheat Ridge.

The Arnett’s 2003 Dodge Caravan minivan struck head-on into the 2001 Dodge pickup truck driven by 24-year-old Kyle Parker,24, of Strasburg.

Kyle Parker’s Dodge pick-up truck (Screenshot—Fox31 News)
Kyle Parker’s Dodge pickup truck. (Screenshot via Fox31 News)

The collision occurred around 7:30 p.m. 

Both Arnetts were killed in the collision, as was Parker’s passenger, Katie Paul, 24, also from Strasburg.

The accident scene on Interstate 70 at Tower Road in Aurora (Screenshot—Bing Map)
The accident scene on Interstate 70 at Tower Road in Aurora. (Screenshot via Bing Map)

Parker was transported to University Hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

Colorado State Patrol had to close the eastbound lanes of I-70 for several hours to investigate the crash and clean up the debris.

Interstate 70 at Tower Road in Aurora (Screenshot—Bing Map)
Interstate 70 at Tower Road in Aurora. (Screenshot via Bing Map)

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