EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) investigates a triple car crash that occurred at Colorado Highway 83 and Old Stagecoach Road around 11 A.M. Thursday.
Troopers say a 2016 Ford bus was southbound on Highway 83, and a 2014 Toyota 4Runner and 2014 Honda Pilot were both northbound on Highway 83. The Ford bus lost control and collided with the left front of the Toyota 4Runner.
After the collision, the 4Runner rotated counter-clockwise and went off the right side of the road. The Ford bus continued southbound and collided with the Honda Pilot’s front before rolling ¼ time and coming to rest off the east side of the road.
The driver of the bus is 20-year-old Daihauonzadre Brooks-Jones out of Denver. CSP says he suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
According to CSP, at least two people were killed, and multiple people and children had to be taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
42-year-old Kizzy Aquirre, the driver of the Toyota 4Runner, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Troopers confirmed there were a total of seven people in the Honda Pilot. A 28-year-old man, Sergio Sanchez Jr., who was the driver, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital.
A 66-year-old man was taken by ambulance, but unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, troopers say. His name is not being released at this time until next of kin is notified.
Other passengers transported by ambulance, according to CSP, were a 7-year-old girl, 24-year-old Aracely Sanchez, and 66-year-old Maria Sanchez. These three women passengers all sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.
The final passengers, 25-year-old Hoberto Pelayo, and 27-year-old Norma Leon did not suffer injuries.
State Patrol says the bus was stolen in Aurora around 9:30 A.M; Aurora officers say they attempted a traffic stop when it was spotted later, but the vehicle took off, and Aurora Police Department did not pursue.
The suspect also drove through private property in Parker, where he also hit an unoccupied car, troopers say.
Anyone with information or witnessed the crash are asked to call Colorado State Patrol.
Alcohol, drugs, and excessive speed are all being investigated as contributing factors in this crash.
The case remains under investigation at this time.