One arrested in connection with alleged Highway 115 fatal hit-and-run

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: December 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm • Published: December 10, 2013 | 1:30 pm

A multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of a Florence man following a crash on Highway 115 that left a man dead early Sunday morning.

Jesse David Plouvier, 21, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and accidents involving death, then booked into the El Paso County jail and held on a $100,000 bond, court records show.

According to a statement from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, an anonymous tip received Monday led investigators from the Colorado State Patrol, Florence Police Department, Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Canon City Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office to believe the hit-and-run suspect was Plouvier.

Following the execution of a search warrant at Plouvier's home in Florence, authorities caught up with him at a residence in Canon City and taken into custody without incident, the statement read.

State patrol sent out a release Monday describing the suspect hit-and-run vehicle as a green 1985 to 1993 Dodge full-size B-series van, with damage to its left front headlamp area and its left front bumper and hood.

Ian Saj, 33, of Brush, was killed after he and two other people had climbed back to Highway 115 from an embankment when their vehicle rolled near mile marker 38 in El Paso County about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, state patrol said.

As they were attempting to flag down drivers for help, a southbound driver struck Saj, who was standing on the northbound shoulders, throwing him down an embankment, where he was later pronounced dead.

After striking Saj, the van continued south on Highway 115 without stopping, according to state patrol.

Although Plouvier was arrested in connection with the fatal hit-and-run, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing and further details would not be released.

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