On October 31, 2018, at approximately 11:14 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department was notified of an auto-pedestrian crash just north of the intersection of North Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway. Upon arrival of the responding officers, it was determined the pedestrian died of his injuries and the involved vehicle left the scene. The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Major Accident Unit responded to the scene and assumed responsibility for this investigation.
The investigation discovered the pedestrian, 44 year old Christopher J. Seal of Colorado Springs, was attempting to cross North Academy Boulevard westbound when he was struck by a dark colored sedan traveling southbound. Mr. Seal was not crossing in a crosswalk when he was hit. Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a dark colored sedan with circular tail lights. It left southbound on North Academy Boulevard.
The investigation into this crash continued throughout the day on November 1, 2018, eventually leading detectives to the location of the suspect vehicle. This vehicle, a black 2005 Chevrolet Impala, was found under a tarp, without license plates. The driver of the vehicle was identified shortly thereafter and taken into custody. He is identified as 26 year old Robert M. Valencia of Colorado Springs. He will be charged with one count of Accidents Involving Death, a Class 3 Felony.
Mr. Seal’s death is the 44th traffic related death in Colorado Springs this year. This count surpasses the record number of 43 traffic related deaths in a calendar year for the City of Colorado Springs, which was set in 1986. The Colorado Springs Police Department appreciates the assistance of concerned citizens, helping to bring this case to a quick resolution.
This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information or 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.