Craig man dies in vehicle rollover on County Road 7

Patrick Kelly
Hunter Zellers, 24, of Craig, was killed in a fatal rollover accident on Moffat County Road 7 Sunday evening. Zellers was riding in a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 with driver Patrick McCarthy when the vehicle lost control on a curve.
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Hunter Zellers, 24, of Craig, was killed Sunday night as a result of a rollover accident on Moffat County Road 7.

According to a news release from Colorado State Patrol, Patrick McCarthy, 24, was passing a vehicle near mile post 7 when his 2006 silver Dodge Ram 2500 lost control into a curve.

The vehicle rotated clockwise across the road and down an embankment then struck a fence and rolled two-and-a-half times before coming to rest on its roof facing west.

Zellers was the passenger and was ejected from the truck during the rollover. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Troopers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 7:29 p.m.

Zellers was taken to The Memorial Hospital in critical condition where he died from his injuries.

McCarthy was treated for minor injuries at TMH and released.

CSP’s news release stated that drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash, but excessive speed is thought to be a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation but no charges have been filed at this point

Responding agencies included CSP, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Fire/Rescue, The Memorial Hospital EMS and Moffat County Coroner’s Office.

The fatal accident was one of two rollovers on Moffat County Road 7 over the weekend. On Friday, a red Ford rolled over near mile point 2 after striking a deer; no one was injured.

Sgt. Scott Elliot of Colorado State Patrol offered some basic driving tips for staying safe on the road.

“Pay attention to the speeds, pay attention to the roadways themselves, to animals, drive in a safe and sane manner, always wear your seat belt,” he said.

On Monday, Colorado State Patrol released a statement about its Click It or Ticket Campaign, which focuses on enforcing seat beat use with the hopes of reducing “avoidable unbuckled fatalities.”

According to the statement, “In 2014, 156 people killed in passenger vehicles were not wearing their seat belts, according to preliminary data. This represents more than half of the total passenger vehicle fatalities for that year.”

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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