Paonia man killed in two-vehicle accident

By Pat Sunderland


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.