Basalt man killed in crash
Basalt resident Robert K. Dunn was killed in a motorcycle accident on Fryingpan Road early Tuesday, according to authorities.
Dunn, 51, was headed upvalley on his Suzuki DR-500 when he crashed at about Mile 4.6, according to Dennis Gibbons, of the Colorado State Patrol. Dunn lived a short distance from the crash site.
“He drove off the left side of the road, lost control of the motorcycle and was killed in the crash,” Gibbons said.
Dunn’s motorcycle traveled over and down a steep embankment on the side of the road opposite the river. The cycle struck a rock and burrowed into a grove of willow bushes, according to the CSP. Authorities believe Dunn was ejected from the cycle at that point. He came to rest in a clearing on the other side of the willow grove.
The exact cause of death remains under investigation, and an autopsy will be performed, Gibbons said.
“Although speed does not appear to be a factor, alcohol may be involved, pending the outcome of the autopsy,” the CSP said in a written statement.
“The speed limit there is 35 mph,” Gibbons said. “There’s no curve warning signs at the curve he ran off at, so it’s not that tight of a curve … The road was dry as far as we know.”
Dunn was not wearing a helmet or any other protective gear at the time of the crash, the CSP said. However, broken sunglasses were found at the scene.
Gibbons said the man’s roommate discovered the accident scene Tuesday morning.
“His roommate found him on his way into work,” he said. “He saw a shoe that he recognized on the side of the road and stopped to check it out.”
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