Crash Victim Coached Little League Football

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 23–year–old killed in a car crash over the weekend while his friend, who's facing charges in the death, waits behind bars to see a judge.

11 News is learning more about the victim of Sunday's deadly crash on Highway 6 and 50.

The Mesa County Coroner has identified the man as 23–year–old John Fullmer IV.

11 News is also learning more details about what led to the arrest of the driver in a newly released arrest affidavit.

John Fullmer III told 11 News his son had moved to Fruita nine months ago from South Carolina to work in the oil fields and he was just really starting to settle in.

He says John IV was a good kid, a hard worker and even coached little league football.

John Senior and John Junior coached the Fruita Cowboys together and John senior says he will really miss that.

Grand Junction Police say John Fullmer IV was in the front seat when his friend, 21–year–old Jesse Reed drove their SUV into a light pole at 24 3/4 Road on Highway 6 and 50 Sunday morning.

Investigators say Fullmer was thrown from the car and died on scene.

Police arrested Reed on vehicular homicide and DUI charges.

According to his arrest affidavit just released by investigators, officers on scene said reed had watery bloodshot eyes, smelled like alcohol and admitted to drinking.

The other passenger in the car, 19–year–old Charles Troutman, was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. He was ticketed for having alcohol.

On Monday, Reed was being held in the Mesa County Jail without bond.

He's scheduled to face a judge Tuesday.

John Fullmer's dad said at first he was angry at Reed, but now he feels bad for him because Reed will have to deal with the incident for the rest of his life.

John Senior is making funeral plans. Instead of donating flowers, he's asking the community to donate to the Mesa County Junior Football association in his son's name. That money will go to a scholarship.

To donate, contact the league by clicking on the link below.


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