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Pedestrian killed by vehicle south of Cortez

Victim was in southbound lane on U.S. 160/491

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday evening on U.S. Highway 160/491 just south of Cortez, according to the Montezuma County coroner.

Coroner George Deavers said a 19-year-old man died from multiple blunt force trauma. His name was not available Tuesday afternoon.

He was hit by one or two vehicles in the southbound lane about 9 p.m., Deavers said. A pickup truck and a semitrailer involved stopped and waited for law enforcement to arrive.

The fatality occurred near Chronic Therapy along a stretch of road with no street lights. The speed limit is 55 mph where the fatality occurred.

The man was not in a crosswalk, Deavers said. An autopsy was performed Wednesday and a toxicology report is pending.

U.S. 160/491 was closed in both directions for at least two hours while the scene was investigated, Deavers said. It reopened about 11 p.m.

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