Head-on crash victim from Hotchkiss


— The man killed in a head-on crash near Toponas on Monday afternoon has been identified as 48-year-old Todd Moore, of Hotchkiss.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Moore's family has been notified. The cause of death has not been determined, but Ryg said it appeared Moore died of massive blunt force trauma.

Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Brian Bagley, who is in charge of the crash investigation, wrote in the initial report that Moore, driving a 2004 Honda Civic south on Colorado Highway 131, crossed into the northbound lane. There he hit a 1995 Ford Aerostar van, driven by a 66-year-old Yampa man, James Goggin.

Goggin apparently was not wearing a seatbelt, and medical crews transported him to Yampa Valley Medical Center with serious injuries. Goggin later was transported to a hospital in Denver with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, Bagley said.

Moore was declared dead at the scene.

The driver of a 2008 Toyota Cruiser following the van drove off the road to avoid the accident, and nobody in that car was injured, Bagley reported. There were no passengers in either of the cars involved in the crash.

Bagley said the crash was 1 to 2 miles north of Toponas near mile marker 36.

Moore was wearing a seatbelt and was not ejected from the car, Ryg said.

A toxicology report and autopsy are pending on Moore. On the crash report, Bagley indicated that alcohol or drugs are suspected in the crash.

Helicopter rescues fallen hiker near Pyramid Peak

A private survey company rescued a hiker after he reportedly fell about 50 feet down a rocky area near Pyramid Peak.

Oak Creek resident John Dahlin, 30, reportedly was hiking with his wife and one other person about 5 miles up the trail on Pyramid Peak when he fell, Rio Blanco dispatcher and spokesman Mike Cook said.

Pyramid Peak is about 14 miles west of Yampa in Rio Blanco County, near the Routt County line, in the Routt National Forest.

Search and Rescue teams from Rio Blanco and Routt counties were notified of the accident, but before they could arrive on scene, a helicopter and paramedic team from Global Geophysical Services, which was in the area doing survey work, rescued Dahlin.

The Global Geophysical team transferred Dahlin to a smaller medical helicopter at a lower elevation.

The initial reports said Dahlin hurt his leg and was going in and out of consciousness, but Cook said Dahlin was reported in stable condition Tuesday.


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