Aspenite killed in Pearl Pass rollover |

Aspenite killed in Pearl Pass rollover

Aspen resident Alain Pierre Pisano died in a single-car rollover accident Thursday night on Pearl Pass Road, located at the head of the Castle Creek Valley about 15 miles from Aspen.

Pisano, 37, was backing up a 1995 Nissan pickup at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday, when the vehicle fell off the right side of the roadway, according to a written statement from the Colorado State Patrol.

The pickup rolled one-and-three-quarter times down a steep embankment, ejecting Pisano, who was not wearing a seat belt, the statement said. Pisano was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Pisano’s passenger, Jacques Houot, 63, of Basalt, was wearing a seat belt and walked away from the wreck. Houot managed to walk to a nearby campsite and call authorities. Houot was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, treated for cuts to his head and then released, the State Patrol said.

Though the crash remains under investigation, authorities suspect alcohol was a factor, due to several empty containers of alcohol found at the scene, according to Sgt. Otto Wilson of the State Patrol.

Pisano, a native of Annecy, France, moved to Aspen in 1991 to be in the mountains. He is survived by his wife, Mallory, and their 3-year-old daughter Juliette.

A service for Pisano will be held this Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Aspen Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in support of Juliette Pisano at Norwest Bank.

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