On January 12, 2020, at approximately 7:35. P.M., a Colorado State Patrol (CSP) trooper observed a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 25 near mile marker 122 in El Paso County.
The trooper witnessed two northbound vehicles, a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Chevrolet HHR, collide then careen into a field on the east side of the road. Both vehicles rolled several times in the process.
In an effort to get on scene as quickly as possible to render aid, the trooper drove his vehicle across a field to the crash site. When the trooper arrived on scene, the driver of the Jeep, whose vehicle was upside down, had to be extricated. The trooper and others on scene began to search the area in an attempt to find the driver of the Chevrolet. Returning to the patrol car, the trooper discovered the body of a deceased male under the front of his patrol vehicle. It was determined the front wheels of the patrol car never rolled over the body. The trooper advised on scene medical personnel, however the party was already deceased. The deceased driver was identified as 33-year-old Joshua Newell of Pueblo, Colorado.
The Colorado Springs Police Department’s (CSPD) Major Crash Unit responded to the scene at the request of the Colorado State Patrol and assumed responsibility for the investigation. The investigation revealed the Chevrolet being driven by Mr. Newell was northbound on I-25 when it went off the left side of the road into the grassy median. When Mr. Newell attempted to re-enter the roadway, he lost control of his vehicle and struck the Jeep, which was also northbound. This caused both vehicles to veer off the right side of the interstate and travel into the field, each rolling numerous times. The driver of the Jeep was wearing a seatbelt, while Mr. Newell was not.
An autopsy was performed on Mr. Newell by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office on January 13, 2020. It was determined that Mr. Newell died immediately after being ejected from his vehicle and not as a result of being beneath the police vehicle. This investigation is in the beginning stages and excessive speeds and impairment have not been ruled out as factors contributing to this crash. The trooper, employed with the Colorado State Patrol since 2006, has been placed on paid administrative leave as per standard CSP procedures.
This is still an active and on-going investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, the CSPD will turn over the case to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.
All questions regarding the traffic crash investigation can be referred to the Colorado Springs Police Department. Any inquiries regarding the involvement of CSP in this incident may be addressed to the Colorado State Patrol.
Anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation 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.