The Mesa County Coroner has identified the person who was killed in Tuesday morning's train accident. 28 year-old Aaron David Rudder of Grand Junction was killed instantly when the train hit him near 31 1/2 and the I-70 Business Loop. He was believed to be intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Official Release from the Mesa County Coroner's Office:
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed the postmortem examination of the remains of a 28 year-old male who was struck by a westbound Union Pacific train early this morning. The decedent’s remains have been positively identified by dental comparison as Aaron David Rudder of Grand Junction, Colorado. Mr. Rudder was last known alive at DJ’s Road House and believed to be intoxicated. The cause of death is multiple injuries and the determination of the manner of death is pending review of toxicology results and scene investigation. Due to the condition of the remains of the decedent, toxicology results will not be available for several weeks. This death is the seventh death investigated by this office since November 25th that has had alcohol, drugs or both as a significant contributing factor.