Coroner IDs man killed in construction incident in Steamboat |

Coroner IDs man killed in construction incident in Steamboat

Jim Patterson/For Steamboat Today

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Routt County Coroner's Office has released the identity of a local man who was fatally injured Thursday afternoon at a home building site on Steamboat Boulevard.

According to Deputy Coroner Mitch Locke, the victim, Eric P. Becker, 48, of Steamboat Springs, was struck by a piece of steel at the construction site.

Locke said Becker was transported to the Emergency Department at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said that one of Becker's co-workers reportedly attempted to revive him following the incident but was not successful.

Ryg said the official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy, and neither Locke nor Ryg had immediate access to the timeline surrounding the incident. However, Steamboat Springs Police Department Patrol Sgt. Rich Brown, one of the officers who responded to the scene, said the call came into dispatch at 2:13 p.m. Thursday.

Ryg said Becker had lived in Steamboat for the past 40 years. According to his obituary — posted on the Yampa Valley Funeral Home website — Becker formerly resided in Lyndhurst and Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. He worked as a real estate investor and builder and was an avid snow skier.

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“It appears to be a tragic accident,” SSPD Commander Jerry Stabile said Thursday afternoon. “We’re just heartbroken.”

Stabile was not immediately available for further comment Friday afternoon.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue also responded to the scene.