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Man dies after getting ejected from car during rollover north of Fort Collins

9:11 PM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
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A Fort Collins man died shortly after he was ejected in a car crash Wednesday night when the car he was driving hit an embankment near Ted's Place in Larimer County, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Joshua Ratzlaff, 36, was northbound on U.S. Highway 287 when the road curved to the left. The 1995 Honda Accord went onto the right, paved shoulder before the driver over-corrected, causing the car to spin. Ratzlaff died at the scene about 11:50 p.m., according to the Larimer County Coroner's Office.

"It went off the left side of the roadway and ended up hitting a grassy dirt embankment, causing it to roll one full revolution," CSP Trooper Josh Lewis said.

Ratzlaff wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and alcohol might have been a factor, he said.

The coroner's office found Ratzlaff, who most recently lived in LaPorte, to have died by accident from multiple injuries to his heart, ribs, liver and spine.

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