Pedestrian struck, killed on interstate |

Pedestrian struck, killed on interstate

Staff Report

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A 26-year-old Glenwood Springs man was killed early Saturday morning as he walked in the middle of the westbound lanes of Interstate 70.

At 4:36 a.m. Saturday, George Ehmer II, 26, was walking in the westbound lane of I-70 about a half-mile west of the 116 interchange when he was hit by a tractor-trailer, a Glenwood Springs police report said.

The investigation found that Ehmer was walking toward his Grand Avenue home from a friend’s house in West Glenwood when he was hit, but police didn’t learn why he was walking on the highway.

The driver of the truck, a 35-year-old Lake George man, did not commit any driving violations, the report said. The driver attempted to avoid Ehmer, but he was unable to do so.

Ehmer was declared dead at the scene, and I-70 was closed in the westbound lanes for about an hour while the accident was investigated.

A toxicology evaluation will be done on Ehmer to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident, police said Monday.

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