The victim of Tuesday’s fatal car accident near Ignacio has been identified as 24-year-old Durango resident Jeremy Rivas.
Rivas was pursued by Southern Ute and Ignacio police departments westbound on County Road 318 after he almost backed into another vehicle in Ignacio, according to a Colorado State Patrol report.
Police stopped the pursuit at mile marker 13 and lost sight of Rivas when he was about two miles ahead of their vehicles.
When they caught up with the vehicle, the 1996 blue Cadillac Eldorado was on fire with Rivas trapped inside trying to get out of the car. He was overcome by the fire and pronounced dead at the scene.
The spot Rivas drove off the road was at mile marker 7. It occurred about 7:25 p.m.
It appears the gas tank ruptured when Rivas went off the road, but the ignition source has not been determined, the report said.
Alcohol or drugs and excessive speed are suspected as contributing factors.
In March, Rivas was involved in a brawl at Folsom Park that was organized on Facebook. Rivas and six other people fled the scene and led Durango police on a chase that ended when spike strips were deployed to flatten the tires of the vehicle.
He had an extensive rap sheet in Durango dating back to 2004, including third-degree assault, driving under the influence, violating a restraining order, domestic violence and various drug-paraphernalia charges.