A 39-year-old New York City man died Friday evening from injuries he apparently suffered in a fall from a second-floor balcony in the early morning of Aug. 7 at the Redstone Inn, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.
Employees of the hotel and a friend identified him as Jonathan R. Rojewski, of New York City, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Rojewski was the founder and CEO of Tanteo Spirits, maker and distributor of a flavor-infused tequila brand launched in early 2009.
Around 7 a.m. Aug. 7, Sheriff’s Office deputies and Carbondale emergency medical responders went to the Redstone Inn, about 16 miles south of Carbondale. First aid was conducted immediately upon arrival, and an unconscious Rojewski was secured to a backboard and fitted with a neck brace. He was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs via ambulance.
The Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation and said Tuesday that there was no indication of foul play. Authorities believe alcohol might have played a role in the accident. An autopsy and toxicology tests were performed Saturday by a state medical examiner in Grand Junction; those results won’t be available for a few weeks, according to Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo.
“Everything that I have learned shows that this was a tragic accident,” said Grant Jahnke, a deputy and part-time investigator with the Sheriff’s Office. “It is my understanding that he did consume some alcohol (prior to the fall).”
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Alex Burchetta said the investigation revealed nothing suspicious that would have sparked a criminal investigation.