Rifle man arrested after fatal Grand Junction crash
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION ” One man died and another was arrested Wednesday after a pickup truck slammed a pedestrian running across Interstate 70.
James D. Wilson, 28, of Rifle, was booked into the Mesa County Jail on felony charges of failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving death, and failure to render aid after an accident involving death, following a pair of accidents which shut down westbound traffic between Clifton and Palisade several hours Wednesday morning.
The man killed, Paul Dobson, 50, of Las Vegas, got out of his semi truck around 7:20 a.m. and ran south across the westbound lane of I-70 at mile marker 38, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Wilson’s westbound 2003 Ford Ranger struck Dobson in the left-hand, westbound lane.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Troopers said Dobson was trying to help the driver of a four-door sedan ” the semi and sedan had just been involved in a separate accident.
Wilson’s arrest affidavit alleges he drove another 3,780 feet westbound after the collision. A witness told troopers Wilson stopped briefly on the shoulder of I-70, before continuing west another 510 feet.
“Wilson told Trooper (Greg) Dokken that is was raining, he had his windshield wipers on and he had run over something in the road,” the affidavit said.
“Wilson further stated everything happened so fast.”
Drugs and alcohol don’t appear to be factors in the accident.
It remains under investigation.
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