‘Friendly, courteous’ Carbondale homeless man stuck by SUV and killed
A longtime Carbondale homeless man died Saturday night after being struck by an SUV on Colorado 133.
Carbondale police and medical workers responded to the wreck between Village Road and Delores Way at about 10:50 p.m. and unsuccessfully attempted to revive him. The man was reportedly struck while walking across Colorado 133. One vehicle successfully avoided hitting him, but another was unable to do so.
Wesley Paul Bright, a 45-year-old homeless man who’s been a longtime resident of Carbondale, has been involved in similar wrecks in Carbondale, according to police.
“In years past, the same male had been struck twice before not far from this location and under similar circumstances,” according to a police press release. Investigators at the Garfield County coroner’s office are approaching the incident as an accident, and no charges have been filed against the driver.
The coroner’s office, which provided Bright’s name after notifying next of kin on Monday, will perform an autopsy and toxicology examination on Tuesday.
Lynn Kirchner, founder of Carbondale Homeless Assistance, said Bright was well known to the community and CHA.
“We’re all pretty devastated,” she said. “He was a good person and was always there looking out for his fellow homeless folks.”
Earlier Saturday, he had been at CHA’s bimonthly luncheon. “He was always friendly, courteous and he’s been a part of the community for a long time.”
Bright frequently helped CHA with its barbecues and lunches, she said.
“He was very grateful to everyone there helping and appreciated everything we were able to give him.” Kirchner said that CHA and those who knew him are hoping to hold a memorial in remembrance.
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