by David J. Santistevan, Jr.
PUEBLO — Eric Blocker, who plead guilty by reason of insanity in 2010 in Third Judicial District Court for the 2008 brutal beating death of Trinidad resident David Doyle, died late last week when he threw himself into oncoming traffic.
According to reports, Blocker, 29, who lived in Trinidad at the time of the Doyle murder, was walking on the north side shoulder of U.S. 50 around mile marker 312 around 9:30 pm on the night of Saturday July 28th. When Blocker attempted to throw himself in the path of oncoming traffic, a 2008 Dodge driven by a Rocky Ford man managed to avoid him. The report states that Blocker then ran into the trailer that was being towed by the same 2008 Dodge. Drug use is being considered by investigators as a possible factor in the incident.
Lance Smart, 28, of Rocky Ford, according to police reports, fully cooperated the Colorado State Patrol and he was not ticketed. No one in the Dodge was hurt.
In 2010, Blocker, by reason of insanity, was ordered to be in the custody of the Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo (CMHIP) by Third Judicial Court Judge Claude Appel after his sentencing until he no longer suffered from a mental health disease.