Colorado dad killed in car crash on way to daughter's graduation

Investigators were still looking into the details last week of a crash that killed a 53-year-old man who was riding with his family to a graduation celebration.

The tragic and fatal car accident occurred last month when a 22-year-old driver of a Jeep Wagoneer crashed into a Buick at the intersection of Platte Avenue and Powers Boulevard in Colorado Springs. The Buick was carrying an 18-year-old girl, her 51-year-old mother and 53-year old father and 58-year-old uncle. Her father was killed in the crash; the uncle suffered moderate injuries while the daughter and mother were said to be seriously hurt.

The jeep driver was not injured in the accident.

The Buick passengers were reportedly on the way to eat lunch before the daughter's high school graduation ceremony. The car had turned left on Powers and had just begun to head west on Platte when the Jeep reportedly ran a red light and crashed into the driver's side of the Buick. Although the exact cause of the accident will be determined through an accident investigation and perhaps a court of law, the fact that the driver of the Jeep ran a red light certainly appears to be a significant factor in the collision.

This much is clear: in yet another one of the tragic car accidents that plague our state, a man was killed and the fabric of a family forever altered. What should have been a time of joy and celebration for a young woman's graduation will now always be remembered for the life that was lost in a sudden and senseless collision.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, "Investigation ongoing for fatal crash at Platte and Powers," Nathan Vail, June 5, 2012

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