UPDATE: Vanessa Gonzales Faces Vehicular Homicide, DUI Charge in Fatal Colorado Springs Crash
UPDATE (May 6, 2019) – Colorado Accident News has obtained the Traffic Accident Report from this crash. Click here to download the report.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 41-year-old William Harrington.
Colorado Springs - Early on Wednesday morning, Colorado Springs PD officers were called to investigate a deadly crash in Colorado Springs. Police are investigating the crash as a vehicular homicide.
Just after 5 a.m., 30-year-old Vanessa Gonzales was speeding down Maizeland Road in an SUV. At the intersection of Maizeland and Wold Avenue, just east of North Academy Boulevard she t-boned a Cadillac as its driver attempted to turn left onto Maizeland.
The driver of the Cadillac was severely injured in the crash. Damage was so severe, Police had to cut the man out of his vehicle. Emergency services transported him to an area hospital where he later died. He was identified as 41-year-old William Harrington.
Both directions of Maizeland Road were closed from Academy Place to Dunbarton Lane. Police believe Gonzales was under the influence at the time of the crash. She faces charges of both vehicular homicide and DUI. This is the 11th traffic death in Colorado Springs this year, last year at this time officers had only seen nine traffic deaths.
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According to the official traffic accident report:
Traffic Unit 2 (Harrington) was northbound on Wold Ave, entering the T-Intersection with Maizeland Rd. Traffic Unit 1(Gonzales) was eastbound on Maizeland Rd, entering the intersection with Wold Ave. The front end of TU1 collided with the driver side of TU2. TU1 rotated counterclockwise and came to a controlled rest in the intersection. TU2 rotated clockwise and came to an uncontrolled rest on the north curb of the intersection.