Former local dies in car crash |

Former local dies in car crash

Veronica Whitney
Special to the Daily Former Edwards resident Brian Donegan, shown here in the backcountry near Janet's Hut between Vail Pass and Copper Mountain, was killed in a car crash Wednesday near the Eisenhower Tunnel. He was headed to Vail to ski when his pickup truck rolled over.

EAGLE COUNTY – Skiing was one of Brian Donegan’s favorite things, friends said. In fact, he was coming to ski the powder in Vail Wednesday when he was killed in a car accident.Donegan, 30, who used to work and live in Edwards, died after his 2002 Toyota pickup rolled over about two miles east of the Eisenhower Tunnel in Clear Creek County.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, Donegan was thrown out of the truck when it rolled over the center median and into the westbound lanes of Interstate 70. The accident happened at about 7:15 a.m., and the eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for about an hour while police investigated the accident. “I spoke to him the night before and he asked me how much snow we were getting,” said Whitney Deason, 29, a friend of Donegan who lives in Vail. “I told him it would be great skiing and to come up. He was trying to get me to play hookie, but I was too busy to go.”

Donegan moved to Denver after working as an engineer with Alpine Engineering, a civil engineering firm from Edwards.”He was a good, hard worker. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough work so he moved to Denver,” said Linda Alvis, office manager for Alpine Engineering.Deason, who grew up just half hour away from Donegan in Michigan, described him as “a guy who made the most of every day.””He loved skiing and kayaking,” she said. “It’s such a tragedy what happened.”

“He’s driven that drive 1,000 times,” she added. “He came skiing every weekend and he was used to driving it in all conditions.” Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 454 or Vail Colorado

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