Evergreen man killed in accident near Golden

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By AJ Vicens

Richard Benavidez of Evergreen was killed in a car accident near Golden Oct. 28.

Benavidez, 68, was driving a 2008 Nissan Titan at about 12:19 p.m. on westbound Highway 40 near Golden when he went off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and then a tree, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The truck then went airborne and rolled onto its side.

Benavidez wasn't wearing a seat belt and suffered serious injuries. He was transported to Saint Anthony Central Hospital in Denver where he was later pronounced dead. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as factors in the crash.

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