DeBeque Fatal update March 09, 2009

A Fruita man has been identified as the driver killed when his pickup went into the Colorado River in De Beque Canyon.

Lazar Szocs, 79, died from drowning, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said Sunday.

The Daily Sentinel had reported that the driver was from Denver.

Szocs was driving a Dodge Ram east on Interstate 70 near milepost 57 about 8:15 a.m.
Saturday when the pickup hit and went over a guardrail and rolled down an embankment into the river.

Szocs was pinned inside of the truck, which was almost completely submerged. Witnesses who tried to help were hindered by the temperature of the water and the river’s current, said Colorado State Patrol trooper Ron Greasley.


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