Junction driver, 18, faces charges of vehicular assault

One 18-year-old is in jail and another in the hospital after hitting an electrical pole with a car at high speeds early Sunday morning in Fruita, according to the Fruita Police Department.

Cory John Colby, of Grand Junction, is facing felony counts of vehicular assault while driving in a reckless manner and vehicular assault while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, after allegedly causing the single-car wreck near the intersection of 18 and J 3/10 roads, according to Fruita Police Cpl. Ross Young.

An 18-year-old passenger, identified by police as Tanner Crosby of Fruita, was injured during the wreck.

Crosby, who had to be extricated by emergency crews, remained hospitalized Sunday afternoon, according to Young. He suffered “serious bodily injury,” but Young didn’t know his status as of Sunday evening.

The Daily Sentinel was unable to independently confirm Crosby’s medical condition with St. Mary’s Medical Center on Sunday evening.

Colby, who was able to get out of the car unassisted, was taken to St. Mary’s and treated, then taken to the Mesa County Jail.

He’s expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on the felony charges, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and a traffic infraction for driving without a valid driver’s license, according to the Police Department.

Young said Colorado State Patrol troopers assisting with the early morning wreck estimated Colby was driving 64 mph in a 35 mph zone when he struck the pole.

Young said investigators believe either drugs, alcohol or both might be involved in the wreck.


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