Crash victims above legal limit

Autopsy report lists head and internal injuries as cause of death

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Three Craig men who died Friday, June 1 in a single-vehicle auto accident near the Sandrocks cliff suffered fatal head and internal injuries, according to results from an autopsy report.

Moffat County Coroner Owen Grant reported the results from the autopsy, which took place in Golden on Sunday afternoon. A toxicology report also revealed each of the three men had a blood-alcohol level above the legal .08 limit, Grant said.

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Waylon William Owens-Plantiko, 28, David Kim Johnston, 32, and Jaron Earl Green, 31, died about 1:40 a.m. June 1 when their Jeep Cherokee drove off the cliff at Sandrocks, near Green Street. The vehicle fell an estimated 125 feet, and each of the three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Grant said the toxicology report did not reveal any other substances besides alcohol in the men's system.

The report confirms a Craig Police Department suspicion that alcohol played a role in the accident. The circumstances surrounding the investigation still are being investigated, police said Friday afternoon.

Capt. Jerry DeLong said the investigation entailed following up on information the department had received and that officers were attempting to wrap up the case, pending results from the autopsy and toxicology reports.

A police department spokesman could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Each of the three victims were laid to rest during funeral services Wednesday and Thursday at Grant Mortuary.

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