Colorado State Patrol investigating fatal crash in eastern El Paso County

Posted at 5:09 PM, May 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-27 19:09:10-04

The Colorado State Patrol said they are investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday morning in eastern El Paso County.

The wreck happened on Curtis Road, one mile south of Jones Road. CSP said one fatality resulted from the crash.

According to State Patrol, a GMC pickup was traveling southbound on Curtis Road at a high rate of speed while at the same time a Dodge pickup was traveling northbound on Curtis. When the Dodge turned left into a private driveway, the GMC topped a rise in the road a short distance away and collided with the Dodge.

After the collision, the GMC spun, went off the road, crashed through a barbwire fence, and began to roll. The GMC eventually came to rest on its wheels in a nearby field. The Dodge pickup spun once and came to rest on Curtis Road.

The driver of the GMC, a 27-year-old male from Colorado Springs, was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified at this time. The passenger in the GMC, 26-year-old Gerardo Gonzales of Colorado Springs, was wearing his seat belt but suffered serious injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Dodge pickup, 36-year-old Raidel Cordero-Artigas of Tampa, Florida, was wearing his seat belt and suffered minor injuries.

State Patrol said at this time drug use and high speeds are considered factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

State Patrol is asking for any witnesses to the crash to contact Trooper Jayme Peel at (719) 544 – 2424.