Peruvian dies in wreck near Yampa

Driver faces possible vehicular homicide charge in Sunday wreck

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— A man was killed Sunday morning in a one-vehicle rollover accident in the Routt National Forest east of Yampa.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said the passenger in a Jeep Grand Cherokee died when the vehicle rolled down a 100-foot embankment off of Forest Service Road 900, which is one mile inside the National Forest.

Routt County Road 7 becomes Forest Service Road 900 once the road enters the national forest.

Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said the driver fled from the scene on foot after the wreck and he is being sought as a person of interest.

"There is a possible charge of vehicular homicide, along with a list of other possible charges," he said.

Klinger said the deceased was not wearing his seatbelt, and he was thrown from the vehicle. The Jeep subsequently rolled on top of him, pinning him to the ground.

"The deceased, we believe was Peruvian, but he had a Mexican drivers license," said Klinger, who noted the victim was a sheepherder in the national forest. "The other party was not a Latino and left the scene."

Elliott said the Jeep was on a straightaway on the gravel road when the vehicle left the roadway.

"The Sheriff's department is handling the investigation, but I do not think (the driver) was avoiding a deer," he said.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said and he would not give a preliminary cause of death, but the body was sent to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office for an autopsy, including a toxicology test.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Klinger or Sheriff Investigator Mike Curzon at the Routt County Sheriff's Office at 870-5504.

- To reach Mike McCollum, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmccollum@steamboatpilot.com

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