Hit-run driver kills 1 on Front Range then dies in rollover during pursuit
Rocky Mountain News
Colorado Springs, CO Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – The hit-and-run driver who caused two deaths Sunday night, including his own, likely was drinking, state troopers in El Paso County say.
The 21-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, first plowed his red Chevy Impala into a Chevy Corsica at the intersection of Peyton Highway and Colorado 94 about 6 p.m., said Trooper E.C. Zachareas.
Raul Cardoza was traveling east on Colorado 94 in his Chevy Corsica when the Impala ran a stop sign and broadsided him.
Cardoza was killed. His wife and two children were taken to Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
Both cars came to rest in a nearby pasture.
As witnesses stopped to render aid, the man who ran the stop sign stole a 2004 Land Rover from one of the Good Samaritans and fled south on Peyton Highway, the Colorado State Patrol says.
State troopers pursued the Land Rover, which turned east onto Hanover Road.
The Land Rover rolled over on Hanover Road, and the driver died.
Zachareas said the case remains under investigation, but alcohol use is suspected as a contributing factor.