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Deadly crash discovered days after it happened

Published On: Oct 17 2013 07:30:32 PM CDT

Fremont County Sheriff's Office

Richard William Koester and Ronald Lee Mohr


One man is dead and another is recovering in the hospital after a crash that went unnoticed for days on a winding mountain highway.

The accident was discovered on Thursday, October 17, 2013.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says that the crash was discovered by a highway worker on a backhoe, and that there is evidence that the crash happened "at least several days ago."

The Colorado State Patrol says a 1986 Ford Pickup was driving westbound on Highway 50 about five miles west of CaƱon City when the driver lost control.

The truck veered into the eastbound lanes of the highway, then went off the road. The vehicle went airborne before crashing into a dirt embankment.

The driver of the truck has been identified as Ronald Lee Mohr, 59, of Silver Cliff. Mohr was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Richard William Koester, 36, of Westcliffe was flown to a hospital in Colorado Springs with serious injuries.

Neither man was wearing a seat belt.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to have been factors in the crash.


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