MESA COUNTY, Colo. — The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of a 12-year-old male resident of Grand Junction, Colorado. He was the
male involved in the vehicle rollover at 30 Road and I70 Business Loop on April 5, 2020.
He later died at a local hospital from his injuries. The cause of death is blunt force injuries
and the manner of death is accident. Toxicology is pending and it does not appear that he
was wearing a seatbelt at the time of incident.
This is still an ongoing investigation.
ORIGINAL CRIME REPORT:
At approximately 5:55 a.m. Sunday, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a burglary at a home on the 600 block of 30 Road. The homeowner reported someone stole their car keys from inside their home and was driving away with their 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
A short time later, two deputies spotted the SUV parked at the Alta gas station at 30 Road and I-70B. As the deputies approached the stolen vehicle on foot, it took off westbound on Frontage Road at a high rate of speed. Before deputies could return to their patrol cars to follow the stolen SUV, it rolled and the driver was ejected at I-70B and North Ave.
The male driver was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The auto stolen was from a home health nurse also treating COVID-19 Patients at home.
This was the only source of transportation she had and only carried liability insurance.
This case remains under investigation. The Grand Junction Police Department is assisting with the crash investigation