A two-vehicle accident Jan. 10 claimed the life of Christopher Gilroy, a 43-year-old man from Paonia. It was the first fatal traffic accident in Delta County since July 2014.
Gilroy was eastbound on Highway 92 east of Austin at about 5 p.m. when his 2006 Toyota Highlander reportedly crossed over a double yellow line and into the westbound lane, where is struck the side of a Chevrolet pickup driven by Michael Keenan, 63, of Montrose. Keenan was pulling a stock trailer containing three horses; one of the horses was killed when the trailer disconnected and rolled onto its side. Among the emergency personnel responding to the scene was a veterinarian called to assess the condition of the horses.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, a 45-year-old female passenger in the Highlander, also of Paonia, was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Keenan was not injured.
Drugs, alcohol and speed are not considered factors in the accident.
Last fall, the Colorado State Patrol sent a letter congratulating Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee and his deputies for accomplishing a full year without any fatalities.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.