UPDATE: I-70 crash victim identified

By: Nick Rothschild Email
By: Nick Rothschild Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Lillian Aiko Cummins, an 81 year-old resident of Fairfield, California died early Wednesday morning due to multiple blunt force injuries.

The Mesa County Coroner's Office completed its examination regarding Cummins death in relation to the crash early Wednesday morning on the I-70 off-ramp at Highway 6&50. They determined that the manner of death was an accident.

The Grand Junction Police Department is still investigating the crash.

At approximately 3:00 AM a driver in his seventies exited westbound I-70, went off the side of the off-ramp, and hit a large backhoe that was parked off the roadway.

His female passenger, Cummins, had to be extricated from the car, and was taken to the hospital where she died.

The driver was also taken to the hospital, and the extent of his injuries is unknown at this time. The man and Cummins are both from California, and were passing through Grand Junction.

The off-ramp was closed for approximately five hours this morning, however it is now open.

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