On Saturday, January 30, 2021, at approximately 6:16 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) was notified of a traffic crash involving a pedestrian and a Hyundai sedan in the 3600 block of East Galley Road (west of the intersection of East Galley Road and North Academy Boulevard).
Officers responded to the scene and located a pedestrian suffering serious injuries. The pedestrian was initially treated on scene by medical personnel from the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) and American Medical Response (AMR) and then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The Major Crash Team responded to the scene and assumed responsibility for the investigation into this matter.
It was determined the black Hyundai was eastbound on Galley Road when it struck the pedestrian, who was attempting to cross the street southbound. The pedestrian, 49-year-old Phillip Bonilla of Colorado Springs, was attempting to cross Galley mid-block and was not within a marked pedestrian crosswalk. The driver of the Hyundai remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation. The driver was not suspected to be impaired nor is it believed that excessive speed is a factor in this crash. On January 31, 2021, Mr. Bonilla died as a result of the injuries he suffered in this incident.
Mr. Bonilla is the third traffic fatality in Colorado Springs in 2021 and the first pedestrian to be killed this year. At this time last year, there were two traffic fatalities in the city.