If you’re teaching your 16-year-old son how to drive, do it in the family sedan. Not in your semi-tractor trailer towing a loaded horse trailer


Two women were killed Saturday morning when a semi-tractor trailer driven by a 16-year-old boy on Interstate 70 struck them while they were changing a tire on the shoulder of the road.

The truck finally stopped about one-half mile later, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The teenager was taken from the scene by a private party and when officers arrived, Michel Martin, 37, of Sulphur, La., told them he had been behind the wheel. However, further investigation indicated that the teenager was driving.

The teenager has been charged with two felony counts of failing to remain at the scene after an accident involving death, and two misdemeanor counts of careless driving causing death. Michel Martin was charged with a misdemeanor count of false reporting.

Both were booked into the Lincoln County Jail. The 16-year-old may be moved to a juvenile detention center, the state patrol said.

The women were identified as Shun Jones, 48, of Carrollton, Texas, and Amanda Omo-Iyamu, 38, of Balch Springs, Texas.

Lamarcus Lockett, 18, of Carrollton, who was inside the 2007 Pontiac Vibe when the two women outside were struck, was not injured.

The truck was a 2003 Volvo semi-tractor trailer towing a loaded horse trailer. It was westbound on I-70 near Limon at 6:28 a.m. when it struck the women, State Patrol Sgt. Mike Baker said.

One woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and the other was flown by helicopter to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, he said.

Neither of the occupants of the semi were injured.

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