Patrol identifies wreck victim
Brad Kruzick likely died within minutes of being ejected Tuesday morning when his SUV tumbled off a remote road near Old Snowmass.The 53-year-old’s body and the wreckage weren’t found until 26 hours later, when a resident of the Phillips Hillside trailer park was hiking up the road Wednesday morning, said Eric Hansen, deputy county coroner. Kruzick was also a resident of the trailer park seven miles east of Basalt.The person saw Kruzick’s dog near the 1987 Chevrolet, “knew something wasn’t right” and hiked down to call police, Hansen said. The dog wasn’t hurt.The accident happened on Arbaney Gulch Road, a jeep road about a mile north of the trailer park. The road is on Bureau of Land Management territory. Phillips Hillside residents are about the only ones who use the road, usually as a hiking trail, Hansen said.Kruzick’s vehicle went off on the upper portion of the road. While a Colorado State Patrol news release said drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash, Hansen said he preferred to wait on the results of a toxicology report. He said he saw no evidence at the scene to indicate the victim was on drugs or alcohol. The toxicology report will be available in about two weeks.Kruzick suffered fatal blunt-force injuries to his chest and likely died within minutes, if not seconds, Hansen’s report says.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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