One-vehicle accident kills passenger; driver jailed |

One-vehicle accident kills passenger; driver jailed

SILT – One man is dead and the driver in jail after a Jeep ride ended in disaster around 1 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20.According to the Colorado State Patrol, a 2006 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Harley “Dow” Rippy Jr., 50, of Silt, was heading westbound on County Road 344, approximately 14 miles south of Silt, when it went off the left side of the road, down a small embankment and rolled one-quarter times onto its left side.A passenger in the back seat – whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin – was killed after being partially ejected from the vehicle as it rolled and becoming pinned underneath the Jeep. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and neither occupant was wearing a seat belt, according to the CSP.Rippy remained in custody at the Garfield County Jail as of 3 p.m. on Sunday, according to jail officials. Although charges and a bond amount were still being determined, he was initially charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol, the CSP said.Speed is not suspected as a factor in the crash, and alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor. Rippy refused medical treatment and was jailed.The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the crash and was assisted on scene by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, West Care Ambulance Service and Rifle Towing.

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