Area musician dies in accident |

Area musician dies in accident

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colo. ” A Silt man died in a one-vehicle accident near New Castle Sunday night.

The Garfield County Coroner’s Office said Lonnie Sandoval, 37, was pronounced dead after the accident at Valley View Hospital. Sandoval was a musician who played in local bands including Cowboy Attitude.

Mark Moore, who’d known Sandoval for about 20 years, heard the commotion after the accident Sunday night and hoped it wasn’t anyone he knew. He was shocked when he later learned his fears came true.

“He’s someone that’s going to be truly missed for a very long time,” Moore said. “I bet there would be a million people who’d say they were his best friend, because he was a friend to everybody.”

He said Sandoval, who worked as an auto detailer, was well-known in the area. He described Sandoval as a “good kid” who will be “sorely missed.”

“I’ve known him for 20 years, and I can’t think of anyone ever saying a bad word about him,” Moore said.

The Colorado State Patrol said Sandoval was driving west on Highway 6 when he crashed outside of New Castle at about 9:17 p.m. Sandoval drove a gray 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee off the right side of the road, down an embankment and into a boulder, the patrol said in a news release.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation Monday morning, according to the patrol. Alexander said the coroner’s office is awaiting results of toxicology tests.

He said the vehicle caught on fire, but Sandoval was pulled out by two passers-by.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, New Castle Police Department, Burning Mountains Fire Protection District and P and K Auto Body also responded to the scene of the accident.

Moore said Sandoval lived in Silt for as long as he knew him. Sandoval sang and played guitar and drums.

“Anytime you knew he was playing somewhere you always went because you knew it’d be a good time,” Moore said.

Moore met Sandoval working at an auto dealership. He said he always tried to get Sandoval to work with him when he took jobs at other dealerships because Sandoval was a good employee and fun to be around. He added that Sandoval always smiled and never said a bad word about anyone.

“He’s just a great guy,” Moore said. “This is a tragedy.”

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