|Eino "Sonny" W. Murrietta, 53, was driving a red 2001 Toyota Tacoma northbound on Colorado Highway 151 toward Pagosa Springs last Sunday, September 27 — when he lost control, swerved and rolled the vehicle, according to a report filed by the Colorado State Troopers.|
Murrietta, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected during the roll and was found 32 feet beyond the final resting spot of the vehicle. He had died on scene. Continued...
On Monday, authorities were investigating why Murietta, who was apparently hauling firewood at the time, was carrying two pipe bombs inside his pickup. Authorities found the bombs inside the vehicle. The Farmington Police Department Bomb Squad was called and detonated the pipe bombs on scene, Trooper Doug Wiersma told Durango Herald reporter Shane Benjamin.
The Colorado State Patrol declined to comment about its investigation into why Murrietta possessed pipe bombs and whether he had a plan for them. Wiersma told the Herald via email that he did not know what materials went into the pipe bombs.
"I cannot release any more information on this case because of the investigation," Wiersma wrote.
The accident occurred about 3:15pm at mile marker 23, where there is a left-hand curve in the road.
Murrietta went off the right side of the road for 93 feet, came back onto the road for 116 feet and spun clockwise, according to an accident report from the Colorado State Patrol. The driver over-corrected and spun counterclockwise for 80 feet. The vehicle tipped and rolled three times off the left side of the road for 168 feet, coming to a rest on its wheels facing south.
Authorities suspect speed may have been a factor in the accident. Also, Murrietta was apparently hauling firewood; depending on how highly stacked the wood was, the truck may have been top-heavy.
It was unknown if Murrietta had consumed alcohol. Alcohol containers were found at the scene, including one open container, Stuever said. A toxicology report typically takes a few weeks to complete.
The Herald reported that, according to the Archuleta County Treasurer's Office, Murrietta and his wife, Debbie, lived in Aspen Springs, west of Pagosa. The house went into foreclosure July 30, and the deed reverted back to Wells Fargo last week, the treasurer's office reported.