Crash sends 3 to hospital; driver walks from scene

The driver of a Buick sedan that ran a stop sign and caused an accident at 14th and Main streets late Sunday afternoon took off on foot before police arrived, leaving his two passengers trapped in the wreckage, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

The back seat passenger eventually managed to climb out of the car and was sitting on the curb when firefighters from the Grand Junction Fire Department arrived.

The person in the front passenger seat was pinned. Firefighters had to cut the roof and peel it back in order to free him.

Both were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.

A driver of a Honda Civic, which ran head-on into the passenger side of the Buick, was also taken to St. Mary’s, police said.

According to witnesses, the three people in the Buick had been watching the Denver Broncos defeat the Oakland Raiders at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1247, on the corner of 14th Street and Ute Avenue, shortly before the crash.

“They had two pitchers of beer among the three of them,” said Roger McGuire, post commander.

He said the three men were regulars at his bar.

One of the men had even purchased the Buick that was involved in the accident from a friend of one of the bartenders, McGuire said.

McGuire and other patrons said the trio did not appear intoxicated when they left, allegedly heading to another bar, The Snowflake, 539 Colorado Ave.

Most residents in the quiet neighborhood where the accident occurred were indoors at the time of the crash.

The sound of the collision, which occurred around
5:14 p.m., brought many outdoors in a hurry.

One resident, Rodger, who did not want his last name printed, saw the driver of the Buick walk away.

“He just got out,” Rodger said. “He was disoriented and he just kind of slipped off.”

As the man walked off to the west, Rodger ran inside, grabbed a camera and snapped a fuzzy picture of the man’s back. He gave the photo to police.


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