By Mark Reaman
A major three-car accident east of Gunnison that occurred Wednesday evening about 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 114 resulted in the death of a Parlin man.
According to Colorado State Patrol trooper Gary Cutler, 70-year-old Donavon Moss of Parlin died at the scene while several other people involved in the crash suffered injuries and were taken to the Gunnison Valley Hospital.
As of Thursday the accident was still under investigation but Cutler said Moss was a passenger in an Audi headed east on Highway 50 driven by 58-year-old Kaycee Moss. A dodge Ram pick-up was turning left onto Highway 50 from 114 when a Chevy Silverado headed west on Highway 50 veered into the eastbound lane to pass the turning vehicle and struck the Audi on the front passenger side of the car. The Silverado was driven by 61-year-old Erik Klemme of Crested Butte.
Donavon Moss died at the scene while Kaycee Moss suffered what Cutler described as life threatening injuries. The driver of the Dodge Ram, Dorogeo Escarcega-Bencomo of Delta suffered minor injures. All three drivers were taken to the hospital.
Cutler said the investigating officers do not suspect that alcohol, drugs or excessive speed were a factor in the accident. The investigation is ongoing and Cutler said officers will finish the investigation before making a recommendation to the district attorney about whether or not to file any charges in the incident.
The highway was closed until about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.