Driver dies after car goes off cliff near Gypsum |

Driver dies after car goes off cliff near Gypsum

Vail Daily staff report

GYPSUM, Colo. – A California man died Thursday after his car went off Interstate 70 and over a 70-foot cliff near Gypsum, police said.

Stanley J. Strychaz, 69, of West Hills, Calif., was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Strychaz was driving west, about one mile east of the Gypsum exit, when his car, a gray 2007 Honda CR-V, struck the left guardrail, authorities said. The car then crossed the median and went across both eastbound lanes, continuing off the south side of the road, where it struck a deer fence, police said.

The Honda continued rolling until it went off a 70-foot cliff, according to the patrol. The car came to a stop on its wheels.

A passenger, Marianne Strychaz, 64, was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries, police said.