Woman arrested for fatal crash in Berthoud

By Amber McIver-Traywick

The Surveyor

Stacie M. Alcoser

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office CRASH Team’s investigation into the fatal crash at North Highway 287 and West County Road 8 (Mountain Avenue) in Berthoud on Jan. 9, 2018, has been completed. The investigation revealed the 2015 Kia SUV driven by 43-year-old Stacie M. Alcoser of Fort Collins entered the intersection traveling at or near 65 mph while the traffic light was red. Alcoser’s vehicle struck a motorcycle driven by a 54-year-old Stephanie Ridgel of Denver who did not survive. Alcoser’s vehicle also struck an SUV causing serious bodily injury to the adult female driver of that vehicle.

On Friday, Feb. 16, Alcoser was booked into the Larimer County Jail on allegations of vehicular homicide, a Class 4 felony and vehicular assault, a Class 5 felony. Alcoser’s bond was set at $10,000. She was released a short time later on Friday after posting bond.

Alcoser was traveling northbound through the intersection around 3:24 p.m. when the accident occurred. A motorcycle, Toyota SUV, and Chevrolet pickup truck had also entered the intersection traveling westbound. The Kia struck the motorcycle and the Toyota which caused the Toyota to strike the pickup. The female driver of the Toyota was transported to a local hospital and treated for her injuries. Ridgel was also transported to the hospital but did not survive.

The charges against Alcoser are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.


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