Coroner: Aldrich had high blood-alcohol level
December 15, 2010
ASPEN – George Aldrich II had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit to drive at the time of his death, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office.
A toxicology report revealed Aldrich’s BAC to be .294, the statement said.
In the state of Colorado, a motorist with a BAC of at least .08 is considered legally intoxicated.
“This information will be listed as a contributing factor to the death of Mr. Aldrich,” Audra Keith, deputy coroner for the county, wrote in a prepared statement. “The injuries sustained indicate he died instantly on impact. A fall from this height is universally non-survivable.”
The body of Aldrich, 28, was found Monday below the Maroon Creek Bridge by off-duty members of Mountain Rescue Aspen.
On Tuesday, the coroner’s office listed the manner of death as “accidental,” and the cause as “multiple trauma blunt force injury secondary to a fall from the [bridge].”
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Aldrich had been missing for more than two weeks until his body was discovered earlier this week.
He had not been seen since the night of Nov. 27. He had been hanging out with friends at Eric’s Bar until around 10 p.m., when he decided to leave downtown Aspen. He boarded a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus at the Rubey Park station. A conversation Aldrich had with another passenger suggests he mistakenly got off at Truscott Place on Highway 82, just outside of town, well short of the Brush Creek intercept lot, where he would have needed to transfer to another bus to Snowmass Village, where he lived. Truscott is near the bridge.
A native of Rhode Island, Aldrich had been living in the area since early November. He was working as a lift operator for the Aspen Skiing Co. and had hoped to land a job in marketing.