A Vail man suffocated early Friday because a Jeep Wrangler that crashed wound up on top of him.
Harold Waymond Adcock III, 30, “Tres” to his friends and colleagues, died of positional asphyxiation from a one-car crash in East Vail at about 2 a.m. Friday.
“The position he was in underneath the Jeep caused him not to be able to breathe,” said Kara Bettis, Eagle County Coroner.
Unfortunately, it’s a common cause of death in motor vehicle accidents, Bettis said.
The driver, a 33-year-old male Vail man, drove a 2004 Jeep Wrangler into a bridge abutment on South Frontage Road near Aspen Lane in East Vail.
The driver sustained life-threatening injuries. He was flown to a Denver hospital, where he remains.
Adcock was originally from Tennessee and had lived in the valley for some time, said Bettis.
The first 911 calls rolled in about 2:05 a.m. Friday, police said.
Vail Police Detective Rusty Jacobs said investigators are considering all possibilities.
However, Jacobs said circumstances appear consistent with a single-vehicle impact of a stationary obstacle resulting in the ejection of both the driver and passenger from the vehicle.
“There has been some unfortunate speculation about the nature of the crash,” Jacobs said.
Vail Police Investigators continue to collect information while performing forensic analysis of the crash.
Vail police, Vail fire department, Eagle County paramedics and Eagle County Coroner Bettis responded to the incident.
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