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86-year-old pedestrian dies a week after driver backed into him in Colorado Springs

May 17, 2017 Updated: May 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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An 86-year-old man died Wednesday from injuries he suffered nearly a week ago when he was struck by a car that backed up into him as he attempted to cross the street, Colorado Springs police said.

Manuel Peak of Colorado Springs was taken to the hospital May 11 after being hit by a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Ricardo Trevizo.

Police said Peak was crossing Baylor Drive behind Trevizo's car, which had gone past a stop sign at East San Miguel Street and stopped in the intersection. Trevizo was backing up to get out of the intersection when, police say, he ran into Peak who was crossing behind him.

Trevizo was cited with careless driving resulting in injury and failure to display proof of insurance, Class 1 traffic offenses, and driving under restraint, a misdemeanor.

Peak's death could result in additional or upgraded charges being filed against Trevizo. In a news release, police spokesman Lt. Howard Black said the investigation would be taken over by the department's Major Accident Unit.

In March, longtime Platte Floral owner Mel Tolbert, 79, was struck and killed while crossing Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs by a driver who also was backing up.

On April 19, police issued a statement about 1 p.m. that Trevor Dierdorff, head of the El Paso County Republican Party, was being cited with careless driving causing death, a misdemeanor, and failing to exercise due care, a Class A traffic infraction. Three hours later, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office said the charges would be dropped.

According to investigators, Dierdorff stopped his vehicle for one second and failed to check his rearview mirrors before backing into and fatally injuring Tolbert while reversing to reach an angled parking spot on Tejon Street.

District Attorney Dan May said Dierdorff couldn't be prosecuted because Tolbert, who died of his injuries April 2, was jaywalking 25 feet from the crosswalk, and Dierdorff had reportedly checked his rear-view camera before reversing.

The DA's spokeswoman did not respond to a message Wednesday asking if May intended to review the charges in Peak's death.

Peak is the fifth pedestrian killed on Colorado Springs' streets this year.

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