Rollover investigation is ongoing
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” The investigation is ongoing into the death of a local man in a rollover accident in Snowmass Village on Sunday evening.
Hector Quezada, 33, died after he was thrown from an Isuzu Trooper that flipped multiple times and landed in a ditch on the Snowmass side of Sinclair Divide on Owl Creek Road around 7 p.m. Sunday.
Witnesses said the vehicle was speeding and passing cars along the straightaway and open field before the SUV crested the divide, lost control and crashed.
Three other men in the vehicle ” Brandon Howard, 26, Ryan Williams, 29, Moses Mogollon, 33 ” escaped the accident with their lives. Howard and Williams were transported to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then released.
The 1999 Isuzu Trooper belonged to Howard, according to police.
As of Monday, Snowmass officers were still trying to verify reports that Quezada was the driver.
“We’re still kind of chasing down some leads,” said Snowmass Police Officer Todd Haller, who is investigating the case.
Haller is doing follow-up interviews with witnesses and backtracking to make sure all stories are consistent.
So far they have been, he said, but it is still unclear whether Quezada was behind the wheel.
“Nobody has identified the driver of the vehicle yet,” Haller said of the few witnesses who have come forward.
The Snowmass officer said, however, that he expects to close the case by Wednesday.
Haller said he is verifying evidence ” both physical evidence from the scene and testimony ” that will “clear the air” on the matter.
Haller is still awaiting toxicology results on Quezada and the official coroner’s report.
Witnesses allege that shortly before the accident, the four men had been rowdy and were asked to leave the Aspen Golf Club.
Haller confirmed that the men had been golfing, but said he could not confirm that they’d been rowdy.
Haller said the three men who survived the accident have been cooperative.
If the accident had happened in Pitkin County, Colorado State Patrol would have investigated, but the vehicle had just crossed into Snowmass Police jurisdiction before the accident.
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