Fatal accident takes lives of two construction workers
A fatal accident at the intersection of C-470 and Broadway took the lives of two construction workers shortly before noon Nov. 20.
According to trooper Nate Reid, public information officer with the Colorado State Patrol, a blue Subaru Tribeca was exiting westbound C-470 onto Broadway when the driver of the vehicle lost control on the exit ramp.
The vehicle was driven into the grassy area between C-470 and the ramp, and then rolled off of an embankment, where it struck the two workers, killing them instantly. After striking the construction workers, the Subaru ran into a Honda Pilot that was northbound on Broadway. The accident remains under investigation.
Authorities identified the victims as Joseph Schwartz, 47, of Morrison, and Jesus Villalobos, 27, of Brighton.
The Subaru was driven by Thomas Garrity, 74, of Bellevue, Neb. Garrity was transported to Littleton Adventist Hospital with moderate injuries, but released the same day as the crash. The Subaru was also occupied by a 72-year-old female passenger who was transported to Littleton Adventist Hospital with moderate injuries.
The Honda Pilot was driven by Lara Mooney, 39, of Highlands Ranch. Mooney was uninjured in the crash.
Garrity was issued a summons for two counts of careless driving causing death, a class 1 misdemeanor; his first court appearance was not announced before press deadline.
Reid said an inspection was scheduled for Nov. 26 to determine whether mechanical failures could have led to the crash. He said the charges could be “rescinded” if failures are found to be a factor. The inspection is a standard part of fatal accident investigations and police are still trying to find out why Garrity lost control. Garrity was driving a vehicle owned by the people he is visiting, Reid said.
Schwartz and Villalobos were employed by Concrete Works of Colorado, which was performing work beneath the C-470 bridge over Broadway. The $5.1 million project involves widening South Broadway between Dad Clark Drive and County Line Road by expanding into the existing concrete slope paving beneath the C-470 bridges.
The planned improvements are expected to help reduce congestion and improve traffic operations between Dad Clark Drive and County Line Road, and provide increased left-turn lane storage for the C-470 eastbound and westbound on-ramps, according to Douglas County's website.
Reporter Chris Michlewicz contributed to this article