Collision kills motorcyclist on Orchard Mesa

A 49-year-old Grand Junction man died Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash near the entrance to the City Market on Orchard Mesa.

The Colorado State Patrol received a call at 10:01 a.m. Saturday that a red 2008 Honda motorcycle and a gray 2007 GMC Yukon sport-utility vehicle collided near mile marker 35 on U.S. Highway 50, according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Nate Reid.

The man driving the motorcycle died at the scene, according to Reid. His identity was withheld Saturday, pending notification of family. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to the State Patrol.

The woman driving the GMC Yukon, identified as Sharon L. Fladeland of Delta, was not injured in the crash.

Fladeland was driving west on U.S. Highway 50 in the right lane of traffic when the motorcyclist, who was headed south on 27 3/4 Road, tried to cross the highway and pulled in front of the SUV, according to the State Patrol. The two vehicles collided and the motorcycle rotated clockwise after impact. The man was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the right westbound lane. The SUV traveled another 630 feet before stopping in the left lane of U.S. 50 facing west.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Colorado State Patrol did not consider alcohol or drugs to be factors in the crash.

The accident happened at an intersection where Mesa County plans to install a traffic signal and other improvements this spring. The signal will be part of the new entrance to the county fairgrounds.


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