Cocaine question lingers weeks after fatal wreck in Yampa
October 21, 2009
The Hotchkiss man who died when he crossed the centerline while driving on Colorado Highway 131 was found with cocaine in his urine, but not in his blood, a Colorado State Trooper report reveals.
Cpl. Brian Bagley said that result does not give a definite answer of whether 48-year-old driver Todd Moore was intoxicated at the time of the Sept. 28 crash.
“The answer there is it doesn’t conclusively give you an answer,” he said. “The general thing would be if it’s in somebody’s urine it’s recent use, and if it’s found in their blood it’s active at that time : but it’s much, much more complicated than that.”
Bagley said cocaine was found in the car, leading investigators and pathologists to look for the drug in Moore’s system.
“Without a person that we can actually talk to and evaluate at the time, then the overall answer is inconclusive if he was impaired at the time or not,” Bagley said.
Bagley said there is no question that Moore, driving a 2004 Honda Civic south on Colo. 131, crossed into the northbound lane and struck a Ford Aerostar driven by 66-year-old James Goggin, of Yampa.
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Bagley said there was no indication that excessive speed caused Moore to lose control of his car.
Moore was declared dead at the scene, and Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said at the time that it appeared he died from massive blunt force trauma. Medical crews took Goggin to Yampa Valley Medical Center in serious condition. He later was taken to a hospital in Denver, and Bagley said he heard that Goggin was recovering after several operations. Goggin was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but Moore was.
A third car went off the road to avoid the crash, but nobody in that car was injured.
According to an obituary run in the Delta County Independent and the Daily Camera in Boulder, Moore was originally from Ohio and moved to Colorado in his 20s. He is survived by his wife, Becci Williams; son, Chris Marquez; parents, William Moore and Suzanne Alexander, and four siblings.