Less than a week into 2018 after the deadliest year ever on Colorado Springs' roads, traffic crashes claimed three more lives on Thursday.
The latest victims included a 71-year-old woman who died nine days after she was injured in a crash at East Boulder Street in front of UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central.
Mary A. Berrien was a passenger in the front seat of a Ford Focus heading south on Bob Peters Grove about 1 p.m. on Dec. 27 that was hit by a Toyota SUV while turning on Boulder, police said. Her death was the 39th traffic fatality in 2017, four more than the previous record.
Two people died in crashes Thursday, a pedestrian who was hit while crossing North Circle Drive near Galley Road about 4 p.m., and a driver who was thrown from their vehicle after losing control while exiting East Platte Avenue onto North Powers Boulevard, police said.
No charges had been filed as of Friday afternoon in the death of the pedestrian. The victim's name has been released.
Around 11:45 p.m. Thursday, a man was killed in a rollover crash while attempting to turn onto Powers Boulevard from East Platte Avenue.
The driver was the only person in the vehicle.
Speed is considered a factor in the crash, police said. The death was the city's third traffic fatality this year.
On social media, friends and family members identified the victim as Christopher Chavez Sr., a Colorado Springs Wrestling promoter and was a DJ for local radio station Blazin 98.5 FM .
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 444-7000. To remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-7867.
Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198