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Holiday drivers reflect on recent local deadly crashes

Four deaths Thursday in two accidents

Local Drivers Remember Fatal Crashes...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two fatal crashes Thursday on Interstate 25 near Monument and Pueblo likely won't change the minds of most drivers who are traveling during the busy holiday period.

But the deaths of four people in those accidents are on the minds of some drivers and are being used as motivation to be careful.

Darrin Dronen, and his family, from Texas, stopped for gas in Colorado Springs on the way to a Christmas skiing trip.

"I'm sorry to hear those people died, especially around Christmas," he said.  "I have all of my family with me for the first time in about a year.  You really have to pay extra attention to the road."

Debra Holzschuh, of Cascade, said she hopes the crashes will serve as a wake-up call to drivers.

"People are out here and they're crazy," she said.  "They're not paying attention to what they're doing, which causes a lot of accidents.  I was hit head-on by a drunk driver 20 years ago, with my two children in the car.  It was a scary situation."

Some people, such as Ursula Brown, of Colorado Springs, prefer to stay at home and off the roads during the holiday.

"But I worry about my family bringing my five grandbabies to visit," she said.  "I have one in the car right now.  I'd just rather not be out there at all with people rushing to shop or travel."

Nicole Castro, of Pueblo, said the recent crashes remind her of one she was in.

"It was pretty bad," she said.  "It was a rollover and I was hit from behind."

The Colorado State Patrol advises drivers to slow down, to plan ahead for any trips, to wear seat belts and to not use a cellphone or drink alcohol while behind the wheel.

"Don't just think of yourself," said Cpl. Rob Debelak, a state trooper.  "I was at the Monument crash.  That was a bad one.  Think about the passengers in your vehicle.  Think about other drivers and passengers."

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