Man to police after Carbondale car crash: I just killed my wife |

Man to police after Carbondale car crash: I just killed my wife

The Toyota 4Runner shown here rear-ended a semi on Highway 133 just south of the Carbondale city limits on Feb. 16, 2015. The accident led to a homicide investigation, with the driver of the 4Runner telling authorities he killed his wife in a Carbondale apartment shortly before the accident.
Randy Essex / Post Independent |

The driver injured in an accident early Monday just south of the Carbondale city limits told emergency workers taking him to the hospital that he had killed his wife shortly before the crash.

According to Carbondale police, the unnamed driver of the Toyota 4Runner that rear-ended a semi truck around 7:15 a.m. near Roaring Fork High School was being airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction when he told the flight crew that he had killed his wife in an apartment building.

Later in the day, police officers went to the reported site of the slaying, but found that the residents were not injured. Officers continued searching apartments in the area, and around 3:45 p.m. contacted a woman who was arriving home to her residence on Cooper Place, which is just off Main Street west of downtown Carbondale.

“The resident would not allow police officers to search her home, but agreed to check the apartment,” according to a Carbondale Police Department news release. “This resident then reported a deceased individual in the apartment with suspected knife wounds. The victim was obviously deceased.”

Police this morning did not release names of either the victim or the suspect. The driver of the 4Runner was placed in protective custody at St. Mary’s, where he was being treated for his injuries, police said.

The accident happened on dry roads when the driver of the 4Runner rear-ended an empty cattle truck. The semi driver was not injured.

Carbondale police said the last homicide in town was in April 2003.

Agencies assisting with the investigation include Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado State Patrol, Grand Junction Police Department, 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Garfield County Coroner’s Office, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The Post Independent will update the story as details become available.

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