Police seek witnesses in fatal crash

Grand Junction police officers examine the aftermath of an accident involving a full size pickup truck and a Smart car at the 29 Road and Riverside Parkway intersection Monday morning. The accident claimed the life of a 62-year-old Grand Junction woman.

Grand Junction police continue to investigate a two-car accident that killed the female driver of a subcompact car early Monday morning.

The accident happened around 6:40 a.m. when the woman, driving a Smart car eastbound on Riverside Parkway, attempted to turn northbound onto 29 Road when she was hit by a full-size truck westbound on the parkway, police said.

Robin Crist, 62, of Grand Junction had to be extricated from her car and was rushed to the hospital, where she died of blunt-force chest injuries, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office. The male driver of the truck, also from Grand Junction, was uninjured. Police were unsure of his age.

Police said the woman was wearing a seat belt. They weren’t sure about the man.

Police spokeswoman Heidi Davidson said a preliminary investigation indicates the woman may have turned in front of the truck — and therefore been at fault — but officers haven’t confirmed that because were no independent eyewitnesses to the crash.

Traffic in the area was shut down for about four hours as officers investigated and mapped the scene. Police ask anyone who witnessed the accident to call 970-549-5200.


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