2-year-old killed in crash on I-70 identified

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A 2-year-old girl who was killed in a crash on westbound Interstate 70 in the foothills has been identified.

Sophia Maestas was inside a vehicle driven by her mother, 28-year-old Samantha Maestas of Westminster, when the crash happened about 3:10 p.m. Friday, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Sophia died at the scene and Maestas was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Troopers said Friday that she was being investigated for suspicion of DUI.

No charges have been filed as of Monday afternoon.

Troopers said Maestas was driving a silver car eastbound on the interstate and crossed into the westbound lanes and hit a pickup truck driven by Todd Vernick, 43, of Longmont.

Vernick was not injured. His passenger, Erin Lehman, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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