GOLDEN, Colo. — One person died and four people were injured Friday morning after a speeding car ran a traffic light at West 6th Avenue and West Colfax Avenue and slammed into another vehicle, which caught fire, according to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).
The crash happened about 5 a.m.
Just prior to the crash, the suspect, who was in a Chevy Malibu, was traveling east on 6th Avenue and passed a Golden Police Department (GPD) officer who was traveling the same direction, a CSP spokesperson said.
The officer estimated that the Malibu was traveling 90 to 100 mph, CSP said. The posted speed limit in that area is 45 mph.
Before the officer could take action to initiate a traffic stop, the suspect ran a red light at 6th and Colfax and struck another vehicle, according to CSP.
The second vehicle, a Chevy SUV, caught fire. Three occupants in the SUV got out. The Golden Police officer used a fire extinguisher to put out flames on two of them and pulled them away from the vehicle, according to GPD news release.
The three SUV occupants were taken to the hospital, CSP said.
Two people in the Malibu were also taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to CSP. A passenger in Malibu later died, CSP said in an update.
DUI is being investigated as a possible factor in the crash, according to CSP. Crash investigators got to the scene about 7 a.m.
As of 1:45 p.m., the intersection of 6th and Colfax was still closed.
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