The car of Ellicott Middle School’s principal was struck head-on by another driver Tuesday, killing them both, the Colorado State Patrol announced.

Robert Ours was driving a 2004 Audi A4 east on Bradley Road about 11:15 a.m. when he moved into the westbound lane to pass another vehicle, the State Patrol said.

The Audi crashed into Principal Diane Garduno’s westbound 2014 Chevrolet Impala about a half-mile west of Meridian Road.

The Audi spun and came to rest facing west. The Chevrolet was pushed eastbound, went off the north side of the road and came to rest facing south.

Garduno, 48, of Peyton, died in the crash. She was wearing a seat belt.

Ours, 21, of Colorado Springs, was taken to Memorial Hospital, where he died. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Garduno wrote on what appears to be her Twitter account that she was a mother of five and had spent nearly two decades with the Ellicott School District.

“She was a good friend, mother, educator and will be deeply missed by all,” district Superintendent Chris Smith said in an email to The Gazette.

In a notification to district families and staff, Smith said: “Dear Ellicott Families - It is with a great sadness and a heavy heart that I am informing you that our Ellicott Middle School Principal, Mrs. Diane Garduno was killed in a car accident. As more information becomes available we will be sure to pass it along. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Drug and alcohol use are not considered factors in the crash. Improper passing is being investigated as a factor.

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