On Monday, May 13, 2019 at approximately 10:00 AM, the Colorado Springs Police Department was notified of a single vehicle crash near the intersection of South Union Blvd. and Hancock Expressway. Upon arrival, officers discovered the driver of the vehicle had been ejected and was deceased on scene. The Major Crash Team responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation.
The investigation revealed that a Volkswagon sedan was traveling southbound on South Union Blvd. at a high rate of speed, when it struck the curb of the raised center median at the intersection of South Union Blvd. and Hancock Expressway. The vehicle then veered off the right side of the roadway, rolled over, struck a dirt berm, and eventually came to rest on its roof. The driver, 27 year old Austin Palmer of Colorado Springs, was ejected from the vehicle.
Excessive speed was determined to be a factor in the crash and Mr. Palmer was not wearing his seatbelt. The investigation is ongoing to determine if there was any impairment to the driver. No other vehicles were involved in this crash.
This is the 16th traffic fatality in Colorado Springs this year. At this time last year, there were also 16 traffic fatalities in the city.