Thursday, June 8, 2006
Steamboat Springs A 39-year-old Hayden man died Wednesday night when he was thrown from the vehicle he was driving after losing control of it on a dirt road.
Colorado State Trooper Rick Kaspar said that Robert Mack was driving a brown 1998 Ford minivan south on Routt County Road 53 about three miles south of Hayden when he apparently skidded off the left side of the road, rolling the van three times.
Mack was thrown from the vehicle as it rolled, Kaspar said.
Kaspar said it appears Mack was speeding when he entered a moderate curve on C.R. 53 and lost control of his vehicle.
Nadine Mack, Robert Mack's mother, said her son was out for an evening drive when the accident occurred.
"He often would just drive out to see the deer or go to the rifle range," she said Thursday.
Nadine Mack said her son was a construction worker who had been working at Hahn's Peak on Wednesday.
Nadine Mack said her son was known to be quiet and withdrawn, but he was an avid outdoorsman.
"He loved to fish and hunt," she said.
Robert Mack's four children, ranging from 6 months to 13 years of age, were coming to Hayden from Chico, Calif., on Thursday, Nadine Mack said. Three of Robert Mack's children live in California and one lives in Hayden, Nadine Mack said.
Robert Mack's children--Ryan, Ethan, Tyler and Becca-- were everything to him, she said.
"He loved his home, and he loved his kids," she said. "He loved his kids beyond anything else."
Mack is survived by his four children; five brothers and sisters; his mother, Nadine; and his father, William.
Services are planned for Sunday afternoon or Monday, Nadine Mack said.
Friends and family are welcome to call the Macks at 276-4444 for more information, she said.
Kaspar said the accident is under investigation and that anyone with information should contact him at 879-0059.
Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were the first to respond to reports of the accident and found Mack's body lying about 87 feet to the east of where the vehicle came to rest, Kaspar said. West Routt Fire Protection and Ambulance also responded to the accident.
Kaspar said drugs and alcohol are not suspected as contributing factors to the accident.
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