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Traffic accident claims second life

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A traffic accident in Olathe Tuesday, July 3, has claimed a second life. The Colorado State Patrol reports that Walter Giron, 61, died Monday, July 9, of injuries he sustained in that crash. He had been hospitalized at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

Samuel Giron, 54, of Delta passed away a few hours after the accident, which occurred at about noon at the intersection of Colorado Highway 50 and South 12th Street in Olathe.

Walter Giron was the driver of a van that was attempting to make a left turn on to S. 12th from westbound Highway 50. Samuel Giron was a passenger in the van.

The Colorado State Patrol reports that the van may have turned into the pathway of an Olathe Police officer, Justin Hice, 28, of Grand Junction, which collided with the right side of the van. Hice had reportedly activated the emergency lights on his police cruiser.

Hice was treated at Montrose Memorial Hospital and is now at home recuperating from surgery, according to Olathe Police Chief George Jackson.

Trooper Josh Lewis, Colorado State Patrol public affairs spokesman, said the circumstances of the collision remain under investigation.

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