Junction man dies in rollover
One person died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Monday morning on 27 1/2 Road, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office identified the driver as Mark Ortiz, a 42-year-old male resident of Grand Junction.
The office said Ortiz had “a natural disease process” that rendered him unable to control the vehicle he was driving. The office did not identify the disease.
Shortly after 7 a.m., Ortiz was driving a sport-utility vehicle south on 27 1/2 Road, hit a curb, then swerved to the other side of the road and struck some trees, causing the SUV to roll on its side, police said.
No other occupants were inside, and no other vehicles were involved.
Officers were at the scene along 27 1/2 Road, between Ridge Drive and Cortland, investigating the crash before finally opening the road at 10:20 a.m., police said.
Grand Junction police used a laser mapping system to help determine the sequence of events leading up to the crash.