A Paonia man drowned in an accident on 3775 Road outside of Hotchkiss Nov. 12. The Delta County Sheriff's Office reports that Joseph Pelletier, 75, was found headfirst in a hole containing a shut-off valve for a water tap he had recently purchased.
Sheriff Fred McKee says it appears Pelletier was leaning down into the hole when the water line broke. Conditions were muddy and he was apparently unable to extricate himself. A passerby noticed feet sticking out of the hole around 10 p.m. and called authorities.blog comments powered by Disqus