Two Dead, Two Injured in Fatal North Avenue Crash

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

A section of North Avenue was shut down for hours Saturday morning as authorities investigated an early morning crash that left two dead and two others injured.

The Grand Junction Police Department says around 1:00 Saturday morning, a driver in a dark colored Honda was heading northbound on 5th Street. Officials say the driver was driving recklessly and at high speeds -- and because of that a Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy tried to pull the driver over. But before the deputy could do that, officials say the driver slammed into another vehicle that was driving along North Avenue.

Authorities say four people were involved in the crash. One was pronounced dead on the scene and the other three were rushed to the hospital. Officials say one of those three later died. The identities of the victims are not being released at this time.

North Avenue was shut down from 4th Street to 6th Street until about 10:00 Saturday morning, while the 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Team investigated the crash. Officials say this team made up of the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol, and the District Attorney's office was called out because the deputy had tried to stop the driver prior to the crash.

Authorities say the investigation so far points to alcohol as a contributing factor in the crash.

Stay tuned to 11 News at 5:30 and for the latest on this developing story.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Parachute on Mar 3, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    I want to comment on richard's comment-- Richard if the cops were doing there job why was he able to drive from 29 road in orchard mesa to 5th and north? Doesn't sound like the cops were doing their job to me.
  • by Lori Location: GJ on Mar 2, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    It is tragic when innocent people are killed by drivers under the influence. Our community leaders say they are outraged at the loss of life. Until we make people responsible for their actions and make the punishment SEVERE, it isn't going to stop. No one is forced to drink (or take drugs) and drive. What happened to RESPONSIBILITY?
  • by richard Location: grand junction on Mar 1, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    once again the cops are doing their job
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