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Police searching for SUV involved in 1 of 2 auto-pedestrian crashes in Colorado Springs

January 2, 2018 Updated: January 3, 2018 at 6:14 am
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An SUV struck a pedestrian on South Nevada Avenue at East Las Vegas Street on Tuesday, bringing police and firefighters to the scene. The man who was run died Wednesday, marking the city's first traffic fatality of the year, police announced. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

Two pedestrians were struck by SUVs within two hours Tuesday about a half-mile apart on South Nevada Avenue.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., a man was run over at South Nevada Avenue and East Las Vegas Street, said Fire Capt. Brian Vaughan.

The man was walking east across the avenue when a Ford SUV struck him as it turned southbound onto South Nevada Avenue from East Las Vegas Street, police said.

An officer called in the incident, and when firefighters arrived, the man had to be extricated from beneath the vehicle.

He taken to a hospital with "traumatic injuries," Vaughan said.

Neither speeding nor drugs and alcohol are being considered factors. Police couldn’t say whether the pedestrian was in a crosswalk.

About 5:30 p.m., another pedestrian was injured in a hit-and-run crash at South Nevada Avenue and East Cimarron Street, said police Lt. Steve Buzzell. The victim was taken to a hospital with severe injuries. Police would not provide the person’s gender.

Police said a light-colored SUV was turning southbound onto South Nevada Avenue, too, when it struck the pedestrian crossing the avenue eastbound. The SUV fled south.

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A pedestrian was struck by a light-colored SUV about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at South Nevada Avenue and East Cimarron Street. The pedestrian was taken to a hospital. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette). 

"Anytime you have two people injured on a roadway in close proximity, it definitely concerns you," Buzzell said. "It is a heavily traveled area and a heavily traveled pedestrian area, as well, so I don’t know that they’re correlated in any way."

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run crash is asked to call police at 444-7000.

The Police Department’s Major Accident Unit is investigating both cases.

This is a developing story. Check back with The Gazette for updates.
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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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