28 Year Old Grand Junction Man Identified as Victim of Train Tragedy

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

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:

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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.


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  • by Ash Location: clifton on Dec 3, 2008 at 10:20 PM
    Aaron was my brothers best friend. He was one of the very first people we met when we moved to colorado. he immediatly became part of the family. He was a great friend to my brother and to all he knew. This was a horrible loss to his family and friends and i hope instead of the reporters trying to make a long drawn out thing to get higher ratings they allow his loved ones to grieve and mourn in private.
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