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. Alcohol and excessive speed are suspected.
The Colorado State Patrol reports that Jackson was driving a 2001 GMC Sierra 1500 southbound on Ward Creek Road. As he approached R Road, his pickup spun out of control and traveled down an embankment at the Y intersection. The vehicle rolled 1.5 times to final rest. During the roll sequence the driver was ejected and suffered fatal injuries. The crash was not discovered until about 6:30 a.m.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.