Man From Rifle Identified As Tuesday Crash Fatality

The Mesa County Coroner has identified a man killed in a traffic accident Tuesday on Highway 6 and 50 as police use technology to investigate the cause of the crash. Sergeant Paul Quimby with the Grand Junction Police Department said few details are being released because investigators are being cautious about the cause of the accident.

The westbound S.U.V. slammed into the trailer of a semi–truck unit pulling out of 23 Road at Highway 6 and 50 killing 50–year–old Rifle resident Kelley B. Gilstrap and sending the driver of the tractor–trailer truck to the hospital.

Police are using computer simulations to reconstruct the accident in an effort to find out what happened. 11 News talked to a person working at a nearby business. He says he wasn't present when the crash occurred, but was told by employees working Tuesday that they never heard Gilstrap hit his brakes.

The area where the crash occurred is a rapidly–growing industrial area. Increasing traffic on Highway 50 is creating problems for truckers trying to get onto the highway. Sergeant Quimby says this accident could spur a closer look at safety on this busy highway.

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