18-Year-Old Killed In Beeline Accident


An 18-year-old Snowflake woman was killed Sunday night as drivers tried to pull her from her vehicle after she hydroplaned at the bottom of Slate Creek on Highway 87.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Whetten said Lucia Marie Barrea and her fiance were coming down Slate Creek hill at about 10:30 p.m. when she lost control of her vehicle and hit a wall.

"It had just stopped raining and there was still a lot of water on the road," Whetten said. "Her car came to rest broadside in the slow lane of the highway. Some people stopped to help and were trying to get her out of the car when two other vehicles came around the curve."

Whetten said those helping the couple jumped out of the way.

"The vehicles tried to change lanes," Whetten said. "One was pulling a trailer and had no trailer brakes. He moved as fast as he could, but still hit the car at the very front end and caused it to spin. (Barrea) flew out of the car and underneath the trailer."

Whetten said in the process of trying to get the driver out, those helping had unbuckled Barrea's seat belt which may be why she was ejected.

Barrea was killed instantly. Her fiance, who still had his seat belt on, suffered minor bumps and bruises, Whetten said.

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