UPDATE: Coroner identifies 72-year-old driver killed in Clifton crash

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CLIFTON, Colo.- The Mesa County Coroner's Office has identified the driver killed Wednesday in a crash near the intersection of I-70B and I-70 East in Mesa County.

The driver, Billy Bryant, 72, with dual residencies in Collbran and Arizona, was pronounced dead at St. Mary's hospital, according to Colorado State Patrol.

Colorado State Patrol said Bryant didn't negotiate the turn and lost control, ending up in the canal.

The passenger, a 49-year-old man of Colbran suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

Dan Chermok, of the Colorado State Patrol, said the crash was not a result of speed or drugs, but it may have been caused by a pre-existing medical condition.

The coroner said in a press release the cause of death was blunt force chest trauma and the manner of death was an accident.

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