Alcohol, drugs and speed suspected in fatal Black Forest crash involving stolen bus
A woman killed in a three-vehicle crash in the Black Forest area has been identified, as is a 20-year-old Denver man who allegedly stole a bus and is suspected of causing the deadly crash.
Kizzy Aquirre, 42, of Colorado Springs, who was driving a Toyota 4Runner SUV, died at the scene of Thursday’s crash, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Daihauonzadre Brooks-Jones was driving the bus when it crossed into oncoming traffic on Colorado 83, the state patrol said in a news release. Brooks-Jones suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
“Alcohol, drugs and excessive speed are all being investigated as contributing factors in this crash,” the state patrol said.
The bus collided with the left frontend of Aquirre’s Toyota. The bus then hit a Honda Pilot SUV driven by 28-year-old Sergio Sanchez Jr., who suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital.
There were seven people in the Honda, the state patrol said. A 66-year-old man, a passenger, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name was not released.
Three other passengers, two women and a 7-year-old child, were injured and taken to the hospital. Two passengers, a man and a woman in the Pilot, were not injured, the state patrol said.
On Thursday the responders mistakenly reported that more than one child was injured in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation and criminal charges will likely be filed by the El Paso County District Attorney’s office against Brooks-Jones, the state patrol said.
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