Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.
Milton Klatt, 62, of Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle accident at mile marker 32 on Highway 92. The accident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Sept. 3.
Noah Gastelum, 13, of Palisade was killed in a rollover accident involving a John Deere Gator Saturday, Aug. 26. The accident occurred on private property on Stony Creek Road outside of Hotchkiss at about 6:30 p.m.
On July 22, Zack and Stacy Bates and their children, Izaak and Levi, of Wyoming were involved in a very serious automobile accident on Highway 65 just north of Cedaredge. All four family members were injured, and they lost all their belongings.
A crowd gathered for a reggae concert at Aspen Trails north of Cedaredge Saturday night rushed to the scene of a two-car collision on Highway 65. The accident occurred at about 7:05 p.m. and involved a northbound 2003 Toyota Highlander and a southbound 1986 Toyota 4Runner.
As traffic increases on Confluence Drive in Delta, so does the number of accidents taking place at intersections. The intersection of 5th and Confluence is the most dangerous in Delta, according to accident statistics compiled by the Delta Police Department.
Alexis Crosby, 18, of Montrose died as the result of a traffic accident the morning of Tuesday, June 13.
The Colorado State Patrol reports Samantha Crosby, 20, of Olathe was westbound on Highway 50 at milepost 78, between Delta and Olathe.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, alcohol is suspected in an accident that killed a 16-year-old Delta boy and injured three others June 11. The accident occurred on Highway 65 just a short distance from the Highway 92 intersection at about 1:35 a.m.
On the morning of June 8, a family member spotted the body of Bryan Reim a short way downstream from where he had jumped into the potholes on June 3.
Reim, 35, of Delta was enjoying the area with friends and relatives when he jumped into a pool and failed to resurface.
Kent Brakken, 71, died as the result of a traffic accident on Interestate 80 west of Ogallala, Neb., June 8.
The North Platte Telegraph reports the crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m. when an eastbound Toyota Tacoma pickup crossed the median and collided head-on with a westbound Dodge pickup.
A fatal accident was reported near the intersection of Ward Creek Road and R Road at approximately 1:46 a.m. May 13. Kandy Jackson, a 47-year-old male of Cedaredge, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.
Vehicle mishaps involving collisions with buildings took place on consecutive days last week in Cedaredge.
Authorities said there were no injuries in either incident and noted that it was odd to have the two occurrences take place one day after the other.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.
Jeremy Hamm, 38, of Grand Junction has pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and driving under the influence. The charges stem from a June 2016 accident which resulted in serious bodily injury to Danyale Richardson, 30, a passenger in Hamm's vehicle.
On Friday, April 6, Rose Zaldivar, 51 of Eckert was reported missing by a friend to the Montrose County Sheriff's Office. It was believed she had gone hiking on April 2.
Bus driver Audie Woods was on his second-to-the-last stop on his route Monday morning when his 50J bus was struck from behind while picking up children along Highway 50 in North Delta.
The bus was rear-ended by Samuel R. Rascon of Hobbs, N.M., who suffered serious injuries in the accident. He is being treated at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction.
The Delta Police Department has issued a warrant for the arrest of James H. Catlin, 31, of North Quincy, Mass., charging him with vehicular homicide in the Feb. 6 accident that resulted in the death of Gladys "Josie" Varela.
Catlin also faces charges of vehicular assault, unlawful use of a controlled substance, driving under the influence (alcohol), driving under the influence per se (alcohol), driving under the influence (drugs), reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
A Toyota 4-Runner ended up nose first in the Gunnison River near the Cottonwood Grove Campground off South River Road. The campground is on BLM property. At the request of the BLM, sheriff's deputies investigated the scene the morning of March 3.
Kristen Huff, 26, of Delta, has been identified as the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal traffic accident Feb. 16. The Colorado State Patrol reports that Huff was driving a 1989 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight westbound on Highway 50 near Whitewater at about 3:08 a.m.
Officers of the Delta Police Department responded to an accident at Circle Drive and Highway 92 Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1:38 p.m. Two vehicles were involved in the collision, with one vehicle blocking both lanes of eastbound Highway 92.
Two Delta residents were seriously injured in a two-car accident south of Delta Tuesday, Feb. 7, at about 5:30 p.m.
A 17-year-old Delta resident was stopped at the intersection of D Road and Highway 50.
On Monday, Feb. 6, at approximately 7:27 p.m., officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident in the 1300 block of Highway 50 in North Delta. The accident scene was located in the eastbound lane with one vehicle still in the lanes of traffic and the other vehicle on the south side of the roadway.
Rikki Cyr, 19, of Eckert has been cited for careless driving following a traffic accident on the Cory Grade Dec. 9.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, Cyr was traveling north on Highway 65 on the Cory grade at 8:25 a.m.
Brian Aucutt, 58, a homeless Delta man, was seriously burned while attempting to ignite a kerosene heater late Friday afternoon.
Aucutt was occupying the crawlspace in a vacant home at 210 Main Street, just north of Hoolie's.
It's business as usual at Davis Clothing, thanks to a legion of friends who stepped in to help dust and vacuum the interior of the store after a Grand Junction woman rammed her RV through the side of the building.
Owner Brad Davis was just sitting down to his Thanksgiving meal when his phone rang shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Mike Salazar, 65, of Delta died in an auto accident on Graff Road at about 7 p.m. Oct. 8.
The Colorado State Patrol reports Salazar's 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Graff Road when the driver lost control and the vehicle began to rotate clockwise.
The co-owner of a North Fork area business and his three family members are recovering from injuries sustained July 6 in a three-car collision in Jefferson County near Denver. Seth Schwartz, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and his family are doing well and on their way to recovering, said Seth's brother, Jeff Schwartz. The brothers are co-owners of Big B's Juices in Hotchkiss.
On May 28, North Fork father, husband and all around great guy Michael Hillman was in an accident that resulted in a debilitating and life-changing spinal cord injury and quadriplegia.
Fundraising efforts are underway to help the family with immediate and long-term needs, including a remodel of their home and purchase of a van and a wheelchair.
Delta Pizza Hut is hosting a fundraiser for Brandon Flores, the Delta High School student who was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on April 24.
On Sunday, June 5, 10 percent of the proceeds from meals purchased at Pizza Hut will go to help the Flores family with medical expenses.
Brandon Flores, the 15-year-old Delta teen who was struck while riding his bike, remains hospitalized in Denver. A post to his gofundme account offered this update: "First, I would like to thank everyone so so much for contributing to help our family!
Brandon Flores, a Delta High School sophomore, remains in a coma at Children's Hospital after being struck while riding his bike. The accident occurred near the intersection of I and 1600 roads, in North Delta, at about 6:44 p.m. Sunday, April 24.
In the fall of 2013, Trever Rawson had recently earned a bachelor's degree in information systems and was looking forward to starting a new job in Salt Lake City. Between the upcoming move to Utah and his impending marriage, he was the happiest family members had seen him in a long time.
Two pedestrians were struck crossing E. 4th Street Saturday night, and now the Delta Police Department is looking for information on the driver who left the scene.
The pedestrians, a 35-year-old female from Paonia and a 50-year-old male from Delta, were in the crosswalk with the walk signal when they were hit by a white or silver colored car.
A two-vehicle accident Jan. 10 claimed the life of Christopher Gilroy, a 43-year-old man from Paonia. It was the first fatal traffic accident in Delta County since July 2014.
A 24-year-old pregnant woman was struck by a car while crossing Main Street with her boyfriend Monday morning. The accident occurred at the intersection of 5th and Main at about 10:15 a.m.
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