Cause of fatal accident a mystery

Glenwood Springs police are mystified about what caused a man to drive off a road and roll his truck, causing his death Monday evening.

James Montaine, 54, of Glenwood Springs died after his truck went off Midland Avenue and up an embankment, hit some rocks and flipped onto its roof on the edge of the road around 6:30 p.m.

An autopsy was conducted Tuesday. Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said he could not release details about the preliminary determination of cause of death until family members received them. However, he said the results indicated Montaine died as a result of the accident.

Police had wondered if Montaine had suffered a medical problem that triggered the accident, but the autopsy findings leave the cause in question.

“That, we just do not have any kind of a good grasp on right now,” Wilson said.

No one witnessed the accident, even though Midland is fairly well-traveled, Wilson said. A Glenwood Springs officer came across the scene just after the truck rolled.

The road’s speed limit is 25 mph. Wilson said there were no skid marks to indicate Montaine had been speeding or suddenly changed direction, and there was no substantial indication that alcohol was involved. Results of toxicology tests are pending.

Wilson said a cell phone was found in the vehicle, and Montaine appeared to have been on a call 10 or 20 minutes before his death.

Montaine was wearing a seat belt.


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