Fruita man killed in ATV crash ID’d |

Fruita man killed in ATV crash ID’d

The Fruita man killed Monday in an ATV crash north of New Castle has been identified.

The victim was Jeremy Ventrello, 30, Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire said Tuesday afternoon in a news release.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said the man had been camping and was going home when he lost control on a switchback and was thrown from the ATV, which came to rest on top of him. The coroner said his injuries were consistent with that explanation, and the death was being investigated as accidental.

Glassmire said investigators believe Ventrello left a campsite late in the evening Sunday. His body was discovered at about 9 a.m. Monday by a passer-by.

The coroner said Ventrello’s blood-alcohol content was 0.225, well above the 0.08 percent at which a driver is deemed intoxicated under Colorado law. He was not wearing a helmet or seat belt.

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It was the second fatal ATV accident this season in Garfield County. Beau Richey, 16, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, died May 28 in a crash on private property near Silt when he lost control on a curve, was thrown and the machine landed on top of him.

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