Mother, child killed in Fort Collins head-on collision identified

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The victims of a fatal head-on collision in Fort Collins were identified Monday.

Traci Salazar, 32, and her daughter, 7-year-old Alika Salazar, were killed.

Salazar’s other child was injured in the crash and taken to Medical Center of the Rockies, the Fort Collins Police Department said.

She was described as having serious injuries at the time of the crash but her current condition is unknown.

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office said Traci and Alika Salazar died of multiple blunt force injuries.

The crash happened about 11:40 a.m. Sunday at Harmony Road and Hinsdale Drive.

Police said a 2005 Pontiac Vibe sedan was traveling westbound on Harmony Road when it crossed over the center turn lane and collided head-on with a 2001 Chevrolet truck traveling eastbound on Harmony Road in the left through-lane.

The driver of the truck, 42-year-old Brian Sauer of Fort Collins, was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

Traci Salazar, the driver of the sedan, was pronounced dead at the scene. Alika Salazar died at a hospital.

Investigators are working with the coroner’s office to determine if drugs or alcohol contributed to the collision.

The investigation is continuing.

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