High Speed Chase in Fort Collins Leaves One Dead Early Sunday Morning
A man has died following a high-speed pursuit on Harmony Road in Fort Collins early Sunday morning.
Around 12:30 a.m., a Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop with a silver BMW near the Harmony Road and Timberline intersection. However, instead of stopping, the vehicle sped west on Harmony, reaching a speed of 110 mph on a wet road.
Officers were in the process of trying to terminate the chase, but shortly after the vehicle passed the intersection of College Avenue, it seems the driver lost control, first crossing over a raised median, and then crashing through a bus stop. The mangled car wound up in the grass, wrapped around a tree off of Harmony Road, near the South Mason Street intersection.
Poudre Valley Hospital EMS and Poudre Fire Authority were dispatched to the scene around 12:33 a.m., leaving both directions of Harmony closed for eight hours. Debris from the wreck covered the road.
It is confirmed that the driver of the BMW was killed in the accident, but the extent of injuries to any others that were involved are currently unknown. According to emergency radio transmissions, three passengers exited the car prior to the pursuit. The car was so badly mangled after the crash, that when emergency personnel first arrived on scene, they could not determine if other passengers were also inside the vehicle. The driver's name is yet to be released.
The Fort Collins CRASH Team was on scene Sunday morning taking photos and gathering details. The Fort Collins Police will delve into the specifics of the investigation, with further updates to come.
The Larimer County District Attorney's Office will be working with the Larimer County Sheriff's Office to determine if the high-speed pursuit was handled correctly.