Steamboat Springs A Grand Junction man who died Saturday afternoon after his Ford Explorer rolled over on a remote county road in southwest Routt County was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.
The release said 54-year-old John Carroll was traveling south on Routt County Road 67 at about 4:28 p.m. when his vehicle rolled over twice down a steep embankment and collided with a barbed wire fence before it came to a rest on its wheels. Carroll was ejected during the rollover and pronounced dead at the scene. According to the State Patrol, before the vehicle rolled over down the embankment on the right side of the road it traveled off the left side of the roadway after Carroll entered a downhill curve to the left. The crash occurred approximately 1.6 miles south of C.R. 29.
The release said tests to determine whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash are still pending.
West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters responded to the crash after it was called in by a passing motorist.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Saturday that Carroll lived in Hayden a couple years ago and was in the area fishing.