GRAND JUNCTION, CO — A woman was found dead yesterday after her station wagon careened off Rim Rock Drive in the Colorado National Monument and landed about 250 feet below the roadway in Red Canyon, The Daily Sentinel reported today.
A highway worker alerted authorities after he found the Subaru Outback and its tracks around 5:25 p.m. while inspecting the newly repaved road, National Park Service Ranger Phil Akers said.
The victim was a middle-aged woman, Akers said, but authorities had not identified her as of late last night. She was the only person in the car, Akers said.
The woman was driving west when she veered off the roadway about 1.5 miles west of Cold Shivers Point. Akers told the Sentinel there were no skid marks and no sign that she tried to correct the car's path before going over the cliff.
Akers said the time of the crash had not been determined, but "the tracks were pretty fresh."
Mesa County Search and Rescue Team members rappelled into the canyon to inspect the car and discovered the woman's body trapped inside.
Rescuers plan to remove her body today, Akers said.
The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident, he said.
A body found in a car that went off a cliff in the Colorado National Monument is being identified as that of a Grand Junction woman.
The Mesa County coroner's office says 57-year-old Brenda Griggs died in the crash Tuesday evening.
Dr. Rob Kurtzman says the death was a suicide.
A Federal Highway Administration employee was inspecting a newly paved road when he found the woman's car had plunged about 250 feet off a cliff in Red Canyon.
*Photo of Red Canyon, but Not actual photo of crash.
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