Dustin Jefferson, pedestrian killed after UFC 135, hit twice, dragged 300 feet (PICS)

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Update: An eyewitness has stepped forward to offer his account about the terrible hit-and-run that took the life of Montana's Dustin Jefferson following UFC 135 this past weekend. He's B. Dutch Seyfarth, a Westword contributor who says he happened upon the horrific accident just in time to see Jefferson struck by a vehicle for a second time.

Here's the first note about the incident Seyfarth posted on his Facebook page:

As I was driving home from Ziggies at 3:30 a.m. I got onto I-25 @ Speer like I always do. About 1/8 mile down the highway, I suddenly came up on a young man splayed across the far right lane. I immediately pulled over along with another car. As I was running back up the road the few hundred feet to where the young man was, another car ran over and drug that person more than 300 feet until they pulled over behind my Jeep. When I reached the car and reached under, the young man's hand grabbed mine and I knew he was still alive. I kept him talking and conscious until help arrived. When they removed the car from on top of the young man, he died. True story. So very sad.

Moments ago, I was able to reach Seyfarth by e-mail, and he confirmed that the young man in question was Jefferson. He calls the experience "easily the worst and saddest thing I have ever witnessed in my life."

Seyfarth adds that "two young women still dressed in their Skylab 2000 rave outfits also arrived on scene right after me and tried to help. It was the three of us who ran up the road to pull the body from traffic, and it was us three who witnessed the body (of the then-still-alive young man) getting run over and dragged more than 300 feet right past us.

"It is also worth mentioning that I knew the young man died after they removed the car from on top of his body, although the 'official' reports say he was pronounced dead at DGH," he continues, adding that it was "heartbreaking to see such a young man die in such a grisly way."

Look below to see our earlier coverage.

Original item, 8:39 a.m. September 26: The excitement surrounding Saturday's UFC 135 bout at the Pepsi Center, in which Jon Jones defeated Rampage Jackson, turned tragic shortly thereafter. According to the Denver coroner's office, UFC fan Dustin Jefferson, 25, a Bozeman, Montana resident who'd traveled to Denver for the fight, was killed as he crossed I-25 en route to the VQ Hotel.

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Dustin's Facebook photo.
Jefferson's Facebook page is private; the only item that's publicly available is the small photo of him and some buddies seen here.

However, Jefferson's MySpace page remains viewable. Like plenty of MySpace pages, it doesn't appear to have been updated for a long time. But it offers a look at Jefferson's youth as a high school student and football player in the Montana community of Hardin. Here are some photos from that period.

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Dustin with his mom.

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Other pics include images of Jefferson's nephew -- one of the coolest ever, according to a caption.

The Denver Police Department are calling the accident that claimed Jefferson's life a hit and run. The incident casts a negative shadow over an event that returned the UFC to the city where it all began.

More from our News archive: "Rampage Jackson keeps cool in Denver in advance of UFC 135 (PHOTOS)."


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kobe
kobe

It's very sad that a 25 year old man died, but he should have gotten a cab home, Who crosses the interstate?? That driver should have stopped but he could have very well thought it was a deer at the point and time and yes he could have been drunk, this should be a reminder not to drink and drive, and not to walk around the streets drunk. Call a cab and think before you act.

Cymt1963
Cymt1963

Dutch, thank you for stopping to render aid and Peter, thank you for your efforts to get a license plate number.  Dusty was a wonderful young man who loved life and was loved by many.  He was the kind of guy who would always try to help others.  Tomi and Michael, your sentiments are very much appreciated.

tomi
tomi

I am sorry for your loss...........to his family & friendsMay he rest in peace

dutch
dutch

Pete, I wish you woulda caught up to that scumbag and got their license plate. That person should have stopped. If they would have stopped, there would have been a very good chance that young man could have survived. So very sad. 

dutch

Peter Black
Peter Black

I was driving home at the same time and witnessed the man run across the street in front of my car and get hit in the lane next to me. Called detectives/police immediately. It was the most horrific thing ever. Tried to follow car that hit and get license plate number.  

Cymt1963
Cymt1963

Dutch, if you will let me know how to contact you, I'd just like to give you a call and say thanks.  You can e-mail me at my user name @gmail.com.

Funnyshit
Funnyshit

I am confused, the person that was driving the car was a scumbag? Some retard decides to cross a 6 lane highway and gets it by a car and the DRIVER is the one subject to insults? I am sure we are all sad someone died but lets place the blame in the right place. I would have kept driving to, fuck dealing with the cops at 3:30 in the morning, if you were that driver you were going to jail for a LONG TIME regardless of how dumb this kid was. I say good luck to that driver and hope they know enough to NEVER speak about it to anyone.

Notthatfunnyafterall
Notthatfunnyafterall

clearly u shouldnt be calling my cousin a retard if ur confused; about how u could hit someone with ur car and continue on ur merry way home. maybe u should pull ur head out of whatever its currently lodged in, and realize that if that douche would have taken the time to stop and c if he was ok, he mite have lived... but oh yah in ur genius mind his life wasnt worth the jail time... he was "dumb" and "some retard" but in ur shallow, self centered mind A LIFE ISNT WORTH JAIL TIME?!? i dont think you should ever speak of someone else in such a manner until ur brain starts functioning above that of an egocentric child.

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

Seriously ?

It's not a crime to hit a person with your car.

It is if you've been drinking though; which is why the driver fled. 

Hardinbulldogs
Hardinbulldogs

You are a very sad person to say what you just said!  That person who hit Dustin should pay!!!!! If he or she would have stopped Dustin might still be with us.  What a sad a pathetic person you are for saying what you said.  

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