Fort Collins man walking on highway struck and killed by pickup – The Denver Post

Fort Collins man walking on highway struck and killed by pickup - The Denver Post

Fort Collins man struck, killed while walking in Berthoud

BERTHOUD — A 23-year-old Fort Collins man has died after being struck by a pickup on U.S. 287 in northeast Colorado.

The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports that the Larimer County Sheriffs Office says the incident occurred after 9:30 p.m. Monday at Berthoud.

Southbound U.S. 287 was closed for five hours between Berthoud Parkway (County Road 17) and Mountain Avenue as the Sheriffs Offices CRASH (Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling) team investigated, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The Berthoud Fire Protection District, Thompson Valley Emergency Medical Services and the Colorado Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

It says the man, whose name wasnt immediately released, was walking in the southbound traffic lanes when a pickup driven by a 60-year-old man struck him from behind.

A 23-year-old Fort Collins man was struck by a pickup truck and killed while walking along U.S. Highway 287 in Berthoud on Monday.

The Larimer County Sheriffs Office said it received reports of a crash in the 1000 block of U.S. 287 at 9:37 p.m. Investigators determined a 60-year-old Berthoud man was traveling southbound on U.S. 287 in a Chevrolet pickup when the pickup struck the man walking in the southbound lanes, according to a news release late Tuesday morning.

Sheriff’s Office public information officer Jered Kramer said the driver wouldn’t have been released at the scene if deputies believed he was under the influence.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and sole occupant of the pickup was not injured and was released at the scene.

Neither the driver nor the victim was identified. The Larimer County Coroners Office will release the victims name after notifying his family, according to the release.

The investigation closed the highway for five hours. Sheriffs office Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling investigators believe drug and/or alcohol impairment was a factor in the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.

The release said investigators believe impairment was a factor and are working to determine how drugs and/or alcohol contributed to the crash.

The Larimer County Coroners Office will release the Fort Collins mans identity after notifying next of kin.

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Investigators ask anyone who witnessed the crash but has not already spoken to a deputy to call Deputy Billy Gentry at 970-498-5558.

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This was the ninth fatality involving motor vehicle crashes in Larimer County this year. At this time last year, there had been 15 fatalities from crashes on Larimer County roads. 

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