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Two die in area crashes

A pair of accidents claimed the lives of two drivers late last week, including one man from Pagosa Springs.

A Friday evening accident in Aspen Springs killed Timothy L. Snyder, 45, of Pagosa Springs.

According to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Doug Wiersma, Snyder was traveling westbound on U.S. 160 at mile marker 132 at about 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 12 when he swerved off the right shoulder of the road and over corrected.

Snyder’s 1995 Nissan Frontier truck then rolled three times, landing upright.

Snyder was airlifted to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M., where he was pronounced dead on arrival from injuries sustained in the accident.

Another accident the morning of Nov. 11 took the life of a Nebraska man, Felix White, Jr.

White, 77, of Winnebago, Neb., was travelling westbound on U.S. 160 at mile marker 162.9 on Wolf Creek Pass at about 8:25 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and slid off of the south side of the highway.

The vehicle, a 1996 Jeep Cherokee, rolled one time down an embankment and landed in a pond.

White and the vehicle remained in the pond for an unknown amount of time before being discovered by a Colorado Department of Transportation employee.

After being extricated from the SUV, White was reportedly conscious, walking, talking and complaining of being cold.

White then died en route to Pagosa Mountain Hospital.

Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht said the Mineral County coroner transferred jurisdiction on the accident, and White was taken to Colorado Springs for an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.

Results of the autopsy are expected in two to three weeks.

randi@pagosasun.com