Peruvian dies in wreck near Yampa

Man faces possible vehicular homicide charge in accident

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— Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle who fled the scene of a one-car rollover accident Sunday morning in the Routt National Forest.

The vehicle's passenger died in the wreck, Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said.

Klinger said the driver left the accident scene on foot and is being sought as a person of interest.

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

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said the passenger in the Jeep Grand Cherokee died when the vehicle rolled down a 100-foot embankment off Forest Service Road 900. Routt County Road 7 becomes Forest Service Road 900 once the road enters the national forest.

Klinger said the deceased was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. The Jeep subsequently rolled on top of him, pinning him to the ground. The man's identity is being withheld until his family can be notified.

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

Elliott said the Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said and he would not give a preliminary cause of death. An autopsy is being conducted by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.

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

Comments

Matthew7_1_5 7 years ago

Did the driver flee or did he wander off in shock? Let's pray he is well.

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thecondoguy1 7 years ago

he probably wondered off in shock and will turn himself in as soon he regains his composure............

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dundalk 7 years ago

condo...you're leavnig soon for Eire, correct? Have a great trip.

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thecondoguy1 7 years ago

he will probably turn up when he is feeling better, he is most likely looking for his wallet, I'll bet he will want to cover the cost to bury his friend, and the sheriff's expenses, as well as the charges to repair the jeep.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years ago

muskno.... It sounds like you know the driver's identity, do you know why this is not reported? It seems like the public might be of assistance if they know who the police are looking for. "The other party was not a Latino" is not a lot to go on when asking for "information about the accident or the driver".

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thecondoguy1 7 years ago

muskno, sounds like a great life to me, he didn't rat out the dogs when they killed the lab, I doubt the dogs are going to rat him out now. like I say he will probably turn up with his check book someday and make it all good.

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kingsride 7 years ago

Muskno' If you use "I seen" or " he seen" one more time Im going to scream.

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