Two die in I-70 accident near Parachute as they help change a tire |

Two die in I-70 accident near Parachute as they help change a tire

Will Grandbois

Two good Samaritans were killed Wednesday morning as they helped another person change a tire on Interstate 70 near Parachute.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the accident occurred on a curve about 3 miles west of town. David Moore Jr., 19, of Clifton and Timothy Randall, 30, of Grand Junction, left their vehicle on the frontage road to assist a motorist whose pickup truck pulling a horse trailer had a flat tire on the side of I-70.

At 8:22 a.m., they were struck by a box truck as they worked on the tire change. They died at the scene.

Authorities have yet to establish if the pedestrians were in the right lane or if the truck crossed over the white fog line when the pedestrians were struck. The truck came to a controlled stop on the right shoulder immediately following the crash.

The stranded motorist they were assisting, whom Parachute police described as an older man, was uninjured.

The driver of the truck, Derek Thompson, 30, of Grand Junction, was also unhurt and cooperated with investigators. Drugs and/or alcohol are not suspected as being contributing factors in the accident, and no charges had been filed as of Wednesday night.

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