Coroner: Driver in backcountry accident outside Glenwood was intoxicated
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The driver of a vehicle that slipped off a rugged four-wheel-drive route outside of Glenwood Springs Oct. 19, killing himself and his nine-year-old son, was highly intoxicated, according to a coroner’s report released Thursday.
James Blissett had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.296 percent at the time of his death, the coroner’s report said. That is nearly three times the level needed for conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol. Traces of marijuana also were found in the man’s system, the report said.
Blissett lost control of his vehicle 9 miles up the Transfer Trail. It fell about 700 feet off a cliff, according to an accident report by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. The accident occurred at a place known as “Windy Point” north of Glenwood Springs.
“(Blissett) was ejected from the vehicle and found hundreds of feet below the roadway,” the coroner’s report. “He was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Blissett was 41. His 9-year-old son, Jessy, also was thrown from the vehicle and died in the accident. The bodies were recovered by Garfield County Search and Rescue.
The cause of death was listed as “blunt force injuries of the head” for both.
The Blissett were from Lakewood, Colo.
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