Rollover accident kills one near Silt

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT – A local man died and another was injured after a one-vehicle rollover north of Silt.David Fautsko, 29, died at the scene of the accident that was reported around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. Colorado State Patrol identified the driver as Dylan Lewis, 30. It was reported that he suffered a broken arm and was expected to be released from the Grand River Medical Center Wednesday.Neither alcohol nor speed were suspected as factors in the accident, according to CSP. CSP was also unsure whether the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts.Lewis was charged with careless driving causing death.Fautsko’s friends and family banded together for support. Timm Fautsko, David’s father, was in shock and disbelief upon learning about the accident.”It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, but you don’t think it will happen,” he said.David’s friends remember him as a great person who will be missed.”It’s surreal. It’s devastating. He was my best friend,” said Seth Davis. “We’re just all kind of gathering at the family’s house and supporting each other.”Davis fought back tears as he spoke over the phone. Davis has known David Fautsko since first grade.”He would do anything for anybody – even a stranger,” Davis said. “He would gladly die for any of his friends.””David was such a wonderful human being. He was just real sensitive to the needs of others,” Timm Fautsko said. “He had a reputation in the valley – everyone knows Dave.”According to the CSP, the 1995 Toyota Tacoma Lewis was driving went off the right side of County Road 214 accident: 5while traveling north. The truck traveled down an embankment, struck a fence, struck the embankment and rolled halfway around onto its top. Fautsko was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CSP press release.Davis said that when the accident occurred, Lewis was driving himself and Fautsko from the Miner’s Claim Restaurant after a dinner there with friends. The road was probably icy, Davis speculated.”I guess they just rolled over the embankment,” Davis said.Davis said Lewis was disoriented after the crash but called authorities from a nearby home after the accident.”He’s just a complete wreck, like the rest of us,” Davis said. “(Lewis) is one of many good friends that (Fautsko) had.”David Fautsko married his wife Laura in January 2005 and the two recently had their first child together – a 2 1/2 month old baby girl. David Fautsko owned Colorado Home Recyclers and gave materials from remodels to Habitat for Humanity. Laura works as a paralegal for a Glenwood Springs law firm.”They had a brilliant future,” Timm Fautsko said. “They were planning on building a new home up in the Four Mile area. … They were one of the great success stories of people coming up from being born and raised in the valley and finding their path, finding wonderful careers.”David Fautsko was one of around eight in an extremely close, tight-knit group of friends who graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 1996, and he was very well known and well liked, Davis said. Among other interests, David Fautsko loved to ski, snowmobile, rafting and kayak, four-wheel and enjoy other outdoor activities. He had just gotten hired at the Sunlight Mountain Resort to coach a children’s ski team. He spent five years in his early 20s near Lake Tahoe where he taught skiing to adults and to handicapped children.”He’s just really selfless and would do anything for his friends, for his wife, and for his family,” Davis said. “He had a great sense of humor – a great way of cheering you up. When you were down in the dumps he’d bust out a one liner. He was always just – bright.”Timm Fautsko said he may miss his son most for his “incredible positive attitude” that had a way of rubbing off on others.”Every single day he woke up and said, ‘This is going to be a great day. God – this is one of the best days of my life.’ … We are going to miss him, as everyone else will.”Memorial service information has not yet been announced.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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