Preliminary information on scene suggested the pedestrian fatally struck was “transient.” However, as this investigation progressed, it was discovered the individual, identified as 36 year old Tony Barton, was a resident of Security, Colorado. The Colorado Springs Police Department was initially incorrect in identifying Mr. Barton as “transient.” Out of respect for Mr. Barton’s family, and for the integrity of the investigation, we ask that all media outlets revise their stories to correctly reflect Mr. Barton was a resident of Security, Colorado not “transient.”
The pedestrian who was struck and killed as he attempted to cross Interstate 25 on July 15, 2019 has been identified as 36 year old Tony Barton of Security, Colorado. The investigation into this matter is still continuing.
On July 15, 2019 at approximately 7:34pm, officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department were dispatched to an automobile versus pedestrian traffic crash on northbound Interstate 25, south of Fontanero Street.
Upon arrival of the officers, it was discovered the adult male pedestrian had suffered serious, life-threatening injuries and passed away on scene.
The Major Crash Team responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation. The initial investigation determined that four transient pedestrians were running westbound across Interstate 25, when one of the pedestrians was struck by a Ford Econoline van travelling northbound on the Interstate. At this time, neither speed nor alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.
A second, unrelated two vehicle traffic crash occurred shortly after the first crash, and appears to be as a result of the drivers’ divided attention.
This is the 24th traffic fatality in the City of Colorado Springs in 2019. There were 25 traffic fatalities at this same time last year.
Anyone with information, or who is a witness to this incident is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719)444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719)634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.