Two killed in separate monument accidents
Two men died in separate accidents on Colorado National Monument — one in a motorcycle crash Thursday and the other after a fall from a cliff Wednesday.
In the latest incident, an unidentified 71-year-old man from Texas died at the scene of a single vehicle accident near Serpents Trail about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Colorado State Patrol spokesman Josh Lewis said.
Neither alcohol nor excessive speed was believed to be a factor in the accident. Initial reports suggest the man may have driven his 1999 Honda motorcycle into a wall, but an investigation into the crash was still under way Thursday night, Lewis said.
Meanwhile, Mesa County Search and Rescue teams worked Wednesday afternoon and night to retrieve the body of a person who accidentally fell off Cold Shivers Point at Colorado National Monument, according to park superintendent Lisa Eckert.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office announced Thursday evening that the person who fell and died was Matt Moore, a 27-year-old resident of Springfield, Va.
The coroner in a press release said that Moore “crossed a safety railing ... into an unsecure area and fell to his death.”
Family members were notified of the death. “This was a sad accident,” Eckert said.
Eckert said the rescue team helped retrieve the body from the canyon. The Sheriff’s Department also offered counseling help to monument employees to deal with the tragedy.
Eckert reminded visitors to be safe on overlooks by staying behind railings, keeping dogs on leashes and holding hands of young children.