UPDATE: Coroner IDs man hit, killed by vehicle Sunday

October 29, 2012
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The El Paso County Coroner's Office said the victim of an apparent fatal hit-and-run crash Sunday morning was 23-year-old Nigel Smith.

Smith's death marked the fourth pedestrian killed by a vehicle in Colorado Springs in the past two weeks. The crash happened near the intersection of Hancock Expressway and Astrozon Boulevard in southeastern Colorado Springs sometime before 3:40 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Police were called to the scene at 3:40 a.m. when a body in the road was reported. The body had injuries consistent with being hit by a car, police said.

The autopsy was scheduled for Monday morining, but results were unavailable at 11:30 a.m.

The other three pedestirans fatally killed in the past two weeks died after two separate incidents.

On Wednesday morning, 19-year-old Derick Cantrell died from injuries after he was hit by a car on North Academy Boulevard. Police said Cantrell tried to cross Academy at the intersection of Maizeland Road at about 11 p.m. on Oct. 23, when he was hit by a 2006 Saturn Ion that was traveling north on Academy. Police said that neither speed nor alcohol were factors of the crash, and the traffic light on northbound Academy was green at the time of the accident.

On Oct. 15, around 8 a.m. Rose Arcuragi, Rebecca Lynn Robinson and her 14-month old daughter Hinata Robinson, were crossing the five lanes on North Carefree Circle after walking Robinson’s three sons to Carver Elementary, when a white Toyota Sequoia came from the west, hitting the two women, and sending the stroller Hinata Robinson was in tumbling to the side of the road.

Both women died and Hinata Robinson suffered a fractured skull. The driver of the SUV, Jennifer Eggleton, was cited for careless driving resulting in death, police said. There was no painted crosswalk or light at the intersection, but police spokeswomen Barbara Miller said the area is legally considered a crosswalk because it’s at an intersection.  

Detectives with the department’s major accident unit investigated Sunday’s crash. They didn’t release information on what kind of vehicle may have been involved.

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