Crash victim was Carbondale man |

Crash victim was Carbondale man

CARBONDALE – The victim of a one-vehicle accident on Thompson Creek Road early this week has been identified as Aaron J. Montez, of Carbondale, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Patrol investigators have determined that it was Montez, 27, who was driving the Nissan Pathfinder when it rolled on the gravel road, also known as Garfield County Road 108, on Monday afternoon. Initially, authorities were unsure about whether it was Montez or his passenger who was behind the wheel.

Montez was thrown from the Pathfinder; apparently he was not wearing a seatbelt, a patrol spokesman said Friday. Witnesses to the crash – Pitkin County Road and Bridge employees – performed CPR on the victim, the State Patrol said. Montez was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, where he was pronounced dead.

A passenger in the vehicle, Daisy Salinas, 19, of Carbondale, incurred minor injuries and was taken to Valley View, as well, the patrol spokesman said. An initial press release from the patrol indicated her injuries were more serious.

Alcohol and/or drugs are suspected to be contributing factors in the crash, the spokesman said. The patrol was awaiting a toxicology report from the coroner’s office, he said.

The patrol was notified of the accident around 3:45 p.m. Monday. The crash occurred about 3 1/2 miles west of Highway 133, outside of Carbondale. The Pathfinder was traveling east when it entered a sweeping, downhill curve to the right and skidded off the side of the road before returning to the road and rolling. While Montez was thrown from the vehicle, Salinas was able to crawl out of the SUV on her own, according to the patrol.

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