Tragedy strikes twice in two days

By Press Release


Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.

Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss. Gillenwater was southbound in a 1996 Ford dump truck when he swerved to avoid rear-ending a vehicle that had slowed to pull into a driveway. The dump truck left the roadway and rolled, partially ejecting the driver. Gillenwater died at the scene. Drugs/alcohol/speed are not factors in the accident.

The second crash took place Sept. 14 at approximately 3:39 p.m. at Highway 92 and 2200 Road. The Colorado State Patrol reports that Robert Perkins, 59, of Delta was northbound on 2200 Road, stopped at the intersection of Highway 92. He failed to yield to an eastbound vehicle driven by Bryan Klaseen, 50, of Hotchkiss. Klaseen's Dodge Ram pickup struck Perkins's Jeep Grand Cherokee on the front driver side and continued onto the top of the vehicle. Both vehicles remained in contact as they traveled off the northeast corner of the intersection. The Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled one time while remaining under the pickup. Perkins was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries. Klaseen received minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.