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Alcohol suspected in 3 fatal motorcycle crashes in southern Colorado

PUEBLO AND CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. - Police responded to three fatal motorcycle crashes over the weekend in Pueblo and Custer County, and alcohol is suspected to be a factor in all of them.

First Crash

The first crash happened at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Custer County. Colorado State Patrol says 53-year-old Robert Herrera of Pueblo was driving on Highway 96 when he lost control and crashed near mile marker 8.

CSP says Herrera was killed in the crash and his passenger, 34-year-old Margaret Gallegos, suffered moderate injuries. Neither were wearing a helmet.

According to CSP, Herrera was riding in a group with about 40 other motorcycles from a Pueblo-based motorcycle club. Two other motorcycles in the group crashed as well, but they fled before officers arrived.

A report says that CSP is investigating excessive speed and intoxication by alcohol and marijuana as factors in the crash.

Second Crash

This was the first of two fatal accidents inside the Pueblo city limits this weekend. The Pueblo Police Department says 64-year-old Timothy Goodman was riding his motorcycle around 10 p.m. Saturday when he crashed at the intersection of W. 4th Street and Wilson Ave. (MAP)

Police found that Goodman lost control and left the road before crashing into a light pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Third Crash

A punched window may have been a big part of the third crash, which happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Pueblo police say they found rescue personnel performing CPR on 47-year-old Christopher Lobato at the intersection of Cody and Norwood avenues, but he died at the scene.

Officers began investigating and found that Lobato had "punched out the windows" of a residence several blocks away just before the crash. The glass caused a laceration of one of Lobato's arms, and police found significant blood loss.

Police say they believe blood loss contributed to that crash, but a report says that alcohol is suspected in both of the crashes inside the city. It's not clear if those two 

All three crashes are still under investigation.


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