Driver in rollover accident succumbs to injuries

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Caja Ashcroft's Nissan pickup truck overturned about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning on County Road 24A, just south of Dallas Creek. Ouray County EMS transported her to the fairgrounds, where a CareFlight helicopter picked her up. The 23-year old mother of two died from her injuries. Photo by Beecher Threatt.


By Bill Tiedje




The driver involved in a rollover accident that occurred July 30 on County Road 24A west of Ridgway has passed away from her injuries.





A mother of two, Caja Ashcroft, 23, of Montrose was headed northbound when her vehicle left the roadway, flipping one and a half times before landing on its roof, according to the Colorado State Patrol's report on the incident.

The report stated Ashcroft's vehicle, a 2003 Nissan Frontier, first veered off the right side of the road, then into the lane of oncoming traffic and after an overcorrection, went off the right side of the roadway down an embankment.

An investigation is ongoing; however, neither alcohol nor drugs is suspected. 

The CSP report stated speed was a possible factor.

Ashcroft is survived by her husband Chase Redmond and her two sons, ages 1 and 3.

The family recently moved to Log Hill.

"She was a great person, full of life," said Rickie Hardesty, a co-worker at the Ridgway Shell Service Station.

"Always talked, real bubbly. She was too young," commented Hardesty.

Ashcroft also worked for several years at the Dairy Queen in Montrose, which closed for business yesterday after staff learned of the accident. The store will be accepting donations for the family.