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Coroner: Woman hit, killed by truck in Basalt had blood-alcohol level 3 times the legal limit


ASPEN, Colorado — Authorities say a 53-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a pickup truck in the western Colorado town of Basalt had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit to drive, and she may have been trying to retrieve her car when she was hit.

The Eagle County Coroner's Office says Kathryn Kania's blood-alcohol content was 0.254 percent when she was hit as she was standing in the eastbound lane of Colorado 82 during a heavy rainstorm just before 2 a.m. July 11. The truck's driver wasn't injured, and investigators say she wasn't intoxicated when she hit Kania.

Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott tells the Aspen Daily News ( ) Kania may have been trying to return to a bar to retrieve her car when she was hit.

Information from: Aspen Daily News,

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