Child killed in South Academy vehicle accident
Last updated 5/28/2020 at 11:06am
A tragic traffic accident Wednesday evening killed a 5-year-old and injured several other people. Police say drugs and lack of seat belts are likely contributing factors in the crash and the resulting injuries.
Around 6:50 p.m., the Fountain Police Department (FPD) was notified of an injury traffic accident, involving multiple vehicles, in the area of South Academy and the I-25 southbound offramp. Officers from multiple agencies arrived on scene and immediately began to render medical aid to multiple victims. FPD’s Accident Reconstruction Team responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation.
Preliminary investigation indicates a pick-up truck was turning east onto South Academy, from the I-25 southbound off ramp, when it collided with an SUV traveling westbound on South Academy. The SUV had failed to stop for the red light. The collision caused the SUV to spin, hit a sign, and travel into on-coming traffic, on the eastbound side of South Academy, where it struck another passenger vehicle.
During the collision, a 3-year-old female, 5-year-old male and an adult female who was in the front passenger seat were all ejected from the SUV. Occupants of the SUV were not using car seats or seat belts at the time of the crash. Unfortunately, due to the severity of the crash the 5-year-old was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult female, the adult male, and the 3-year-old female were all transported to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The occupants of the truck were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It is believed drugs were a factor in this traffic accident. This continues to be an active investigation by FPD’s Accident Reconstruction Team.
Anyone with information, or who is a witness to this investigation, is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center at (719) 390-5555; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634 STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.