Former Aspenite dies in I-70 crash |

Former Aspenite dies in I-70 crash

Charles Agar
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colo. ” A former longtime Aspenite and a Chicago resident were killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 70, west of Parachute, early Thursday.

Two vehicles ” one of them traveling in the wrong direction on the interstate ” collided at about 1:15 a.m., according to the Colorado State Patrol.

A white Toyota, driven by Bruce Edmondson, 71, of Glenwood Springs, was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-70 when it collided with a westbound Honda driven by Alexander Taft, 28, of Chicago, Ill. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.

Edmondson was a longtime Aspenite and worked as a ski instructor at Buttermilk from 1990 to 1997.

His ex-wife, Patsy Malone of Aspen, said she’s been estranged from Edmondson since their divorce in 2000, but said Edmondson had moved to Hawaii for a few years before settling in Glenwood Springs to take care of an ailing brother.

“He was a very avid biker and skier and he enjoyed Aspen for what it was,” Malone said.

Edmondson had a long history in Aspen, Malone said, including work at a local health-food store and a brief stint as a pedicab driver in the 1980s.

He has children from a previous marriage, Malone said, but she wasn’t sure Edmondson was in contact with them.

Use of alcohol, drugs and speed on Edmondson’s part might have played a role in the crash, according to a press release from the state patrol.

The crash closed the westbound lanes of I-70; they reopened at 6:30 a.m., according to the patrol.

The accident remains under investigation.