Three Craig residents killed in crash


Some made their way to the top of the cliff at the Sandrocks off Green Street to lay flowers and pay their respects.

Others sauntered to see the crash scene 125 feet below, finding broken glass, random papers and empty beer bottles.

Others simply paused a little longer at the stop sign on the corner of Ninth and Green and craned their necks to see where it happened.

From mourners to those curious about the news, the scene was the same throughout most of Friday afternoon at the site where three Craig residents died at approximately 1:40 a.m. Friday when the four-wheel drive Jeep Cherokee they were in drove off the cliff and crashed.

Emergency responders found the Cherokee resting on its top and Waylon William Owens, 28, David Kim Johnston, 32, and Jaron Earl Green, 31, inside. They were pronounced dead at the scene and had to be extricated.

What led to the 125-foot fall from the Sandrocks' cliff still is being investigated, but alcohol may have been a factor, according to a police report.

"At this point, we have absolutely no indication what the cause of the incident was," Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said. "Anything we do right now would just be speculation. ... One, we don't know why they were there, and two, why they drove off the cliff. And frankly, we may never know."

Vanatta said while alcohol use is being investigated, there is no indication other factors led to the crash.

"We have nothing on top (of the Sandrocks) that would indicate fast erratic driving or anything like that," the chief said.

Vanatta estimated it would be next week at the earliest before the Police Department has toxicology reports or more information.

Sherie Moya's two sons witnessed the crash, when they were looking out their bedroom window during the late night hours.

"They described it as seeing sparks as it was going over and a very loud boom when it hit the bottom," she said.

After her sons told her about the crash, Moya called 911 while her 16-year-old son checked the scene and found the vehicle.

"Our hearts go out to the families," she said.

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