Stolen Vehicle Involved In Grand Junction Fatal Accident

One person is dead and two others are seriously injured after a man driving a stolen vehicle broadsides a car in Grand Junction Monday afternoon.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon at the intersection of 7th St. and White Ave. All three victims in the accident were ejected as a result of the high speed impact.

The accident was preceded by a physical altercation at a Grand Junction grocery store. Four days after having his truck stolen, Maxwell Stheler got a call from friends that his stolen Ford F–150 truck was at the City Market off of 1st St. and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction, so Stheler and his father contacted police then proceeded to the location to confront the driver.

After about a minute of being in a physical altercation with 37–year–old Troy Cooksey, the Grand Junction Police Department arrived on the scene, and attempted to apprehend the driver, however, Cooksey got back into the truck and sped off. Minutes later, while driving through the intersection at 7th St. and White Ave., Cooksey broadsided a white Ford Escort, with the impact sending the truck careening into the Bray Commercial Real Estate building.

The passenger of the Escort, 41-year-old Diana Lee Moreno was pronounced dead on the scene, while Cooksey and the driver of the Escort, 55-year-old Pamela Jean Ramirez, were taken to St. Mary's Hospital with injuries.

The investigation into the crash is on–going, however, Cooksey will be booked into the Mesa County Jail and is facing a number of charges, including vehicular homicide, felony murder, possession of a stolen vehicle, and reckless driving.


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