Driver, 59, charged in fatal desert truck crash

The Colorado State Patrol on Friday served formal charges on the driver of a pickup truck involved in a fatal crash earlier this month in the desert north of Grand Junction.

Juan Ambris, 59, of Grand Junction, was issued a summons Friday afternoon on suspicion of careless driving causing death and careless driving causing injury, according to State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. Ambris was also ticketed on suspicion of not wearing a sea belt, as well as having a front-seat passenger not wearing a seat belt, Lewis said.

The first set of charges are both misdemeanors, the latter are traffic infractions.

William John Campbell, 64, of Grand Junction, was thrown June 3 from the front-passenger seat of Ambris’ 2002 GMC Sierra as it rolled while headed south on 27 1/4 Road, roughly three-and-a-half miles north of H Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ambris’ 16-year-old son, a back-seat passenger, also suffered injuries.

The State Patrol has said excessive speed on the gravel road was a suspected factor.


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