Five Random Things That Could Kill You in Grand Junction
We don't like to think or talk about death, but the fact is, death is a part of life. While there is no way to avoid death, we often do our best to avoid our premature demise, though it's not always within our power. Here's a look at five random things that could kill you in Grand Junction.
This is not a list of the leading causes of death in the Grand Valley, nor is it intended to imply these are the most likely ways you could meet your end. They are simply possibilities. I'm saying there's a chance.
In 2015, there were 26 fatal lightning strikes in the United States, and in most cases, the victims were engaged in outdoor recreational and leisurely activities including hiking, disc golf, fishing, walking dogs, camping, picking blueberries, and riding a motorcycle. The Grand Valley certainly offers plenty of these types of activities, and we have no shortage of lightning.
Approximately 25 people die in the U.S. in rock climbing accidents, and the chances of a person dying while hiking is one in 15,700. With miles of hiking trails and climbing opportunities in the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa, the potential for disaster lurks just around the corner.
In 2015, three of the twelve fatalities on Grand Junction roadways were classified pedestrian. Sometimes it's the pedestrian's fault, and sometimes the blame is on the motorist. Nationwide, more than 2,300 pedestrians were killed in 2015. Crossing the street in Grand Junction means taking your life into your own hands.
Grand Junction is a baseball town and every year thousands of fans fill the stadium at the JUCO World Series, or to cheer on the Grand Junction Rockies or CMU Mavericks. To our knowledge, there hasn't been a baseball fatality in this town, but in the last 150 years, there have been more than 2,000 fatalities reported of players and spectators at American ballparks. It's not the most dangerous place to be on the planet, but things do happen.
According to the Centers For Disease, there were 101 reported cases of West Nile Virus in 2015 in Colorado and two deaths. Each year, West Nile shows up in Mesa County, and though the death rate is low, it remains a possibility. You're minding your own business when along comes one of those pesky mosquitoes, and the next thing you know.