Coroner: Hypothermia killed man in rollover

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

WHITEWATER, Colo. (KKCO) -- The man found dead in a rollover accident Tuesday morning died from hypothermia, according to the Mesa County Coroner's Office.

Whitewater resident Richard Lee "Red" Stephenson, 84, was discovered by his son on Dec. 11. His body was several feet from his vehicle, which had rolled off Highway 141 into an embankment near East Creek.

The coroner has ruled that his death was an accident.

WHITEWATER, Colo. (KKCO) - Colorado State Patrol says one person has died this morning in a rollover crash outside Whitewater.

The accident was reported around 10:35 a.m. Tuesday. Troopers say a man died when he somehow lost control of his 2005 Chevy Impala and rolled it into an embankment.

The victim, an elderly white man, died on the scene. He was the only person in the car.

Troopers are not sure when the crash took place or how long the car was in the embankment before a caller reported it. They say they suspect the victim is a missing person out of Mesa County.

The accident happened around mile marker 144 on Highway 141. The victim's identity and cause of the accident are not yet known.

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