51-year-old Fort Collins man identified as victim of Wednesday’s west Greeley fatal crash | MyWindsorNow.com

51-year-old Fort Collins man identified as victim of Wednesday’s west Greeley fatal crash

Nate A. Miller
nmiller@greeleytribune.com

This is the scene of a vehicle that crashed into the sign at U.S. 34 and Colo. 257during rush-hour traffic Wednesday evening. The driver of the vehicle died. There were no other vehicles involved or others inside the car.

Authorities have identified the victim of Wednesday's west Greeley traffic crash as a Fort Collins man.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 34 Bypass and U.S. 34 Business Route at the 10th Street flyover, on the city's western edge.

Upon arrival on scene, officers found the driver, later identified as Duane Alan Schwartz, 51, of Fort Collins, with serious injuries. Schwartz was the lone occupant inside a 1971 Chevrolet Malibu that had left the roadway on the eastbound side of the highway and impacted the retaining wall directly under the "Greeley" sign, according to a Greeley police news release issued Thursday.

Witnesses and evidence indicated the vehicle left the pavement and there was no obvious braking or swerving prior to impact. The driver was pronounced deceased on scene by paramedics.

The investigation into the cause of the crash was ongoing Thursday. Tymkowych said police were looking into all possible causes of the crash, including whether a medical problem may have caused Schwartz to veer off the road and whether the crash was intentional.

He said answers to those questions will require a determination from the Weld County Coroner's Office, which will come following an autopsy.

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Schwartz is the 28th person to die on Weld County roads this year. Through this date last year, 29 people had died.

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