A victim in Tuesday’s fatal crashes was a chaplain at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo

2 May

A 61-year-old man who died in one of the two deadly traffic crashes on Interstate 25 on Tuesday north of Pueblo was identified as an employee of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

Steven Aikman worked as a chaplain at CMHIP, according to the Colorado Department of Human Services, which oversees CMHIP.


Aikman was a passenger in a car that a truck plowed into after it failed to slow down for several cars that were stopped behind a wreck on I-25 north of the city on Tuesday.

CDHS officials said Aikman will be sorely missed and that those he worked with are grieving the loss.


“Steven Aikman provided immeasurable support, guidance and inspiration for CMHIP’s patients and staff as one of the hospital’s chaplains and most respected leaders,” said Victoria Gallegos, the chief operating officer for CMHIP. “Steven’s memory will be cherished. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steven’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Arrangements for Aikman are pending.



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