UPDATE: 23-year-old dies from injuries suffered in Coal Ridge wreck | PostIndependent.com

UPDATE: 23-year-old dies from injuries suffered in Coal Ridge wreck

A medic helicopter lands on U.S. 6 near Coal Ridge High School Wednesday afternoon to transport the victim in an apparent vehicle-pedestrian crash.
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A 23-year-old died from his injuries following a car wreck that occurred Wednesday on U.S. Highway 6 near Coal Ridge High School.

The male, who will remain unidentified until next of kin is notified, was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction around 1:06 p.m. Thursday, according to the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.

Colorado State Patrol said Wednesday it was initially investigating a hit-and-run incident, but the agency has ruled out a hit-and-run with a pedestrian on the highway.

Colorado State Patrol said it turned the case over to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, but the entity said it wasn’t aware of the information. After multiple calls to both organizations, it is still unclear who is handling the case.

According to CSP Sgt. Rob Madden, the accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. and Flight for Life launched shortly after CSP arrived on scene.

Highway 6 was closed in both directions for more than an hour, and officials say the male was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in serious condition.

Garfield County Coroner Rob Glassmire said in a press release that an autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine the cause of death. The Post Independent will continue to monitor the story.

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