Police say deadly crash off Platte and Powers was intentional

Posted at 1:57 PM, Jul 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-22 15:57:49-04

The Colorado Springs Police Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a deadly crash that happened Sunday afternoon off of Platte and Powers. 

According to police, the reports initially came in as a deadly crash – but when officers started gathering information they learned it was intentional. 

Officers tell News 5, a woman driver was traveling south on Powers in a red vehicle, with a man in the passenger seat. 

Police say that’s when the man reportedly grabbed the steering wheel, sending the red vehicle into the northbound lanes. The red car then hit a silver car, killing the driver inside.  

Then, the silver car rotated and crashed into a white van, injuring 2 people. 

The woman driving the red vehicle was taken to the hospital, the male passenger reportedly took off and police are currently looking for him. Colorado Springs Police said a 1990 blue Chevy Suburban with Colorado license JGO-883 was also stolen moments after the crash. 

Police believe the stolen vehicle is in the possession of Nathaniel Patric Stager, he is described as a 25-year-old man, 5’11", 170 pounds, with brown, shaved hair and brown eyes. Stager is considered armed and dangerous, so the public is advised not to make contact with him or the vehicle if seen. 

Colorado Springs Police have not said if this is the same male suspect they were looking for in the deadly crash. 

According to an emergency alert, CSPD was originally searching for a white or Hispanic male between 30 and 45-years-old in connection to the crash. He was seen wearing a white t-shirt, gray pants, and has a full sleeve tattoo on his right arm.

Northbound Powers was shut down for several hours. The northbound lanes from Galley to Platte remain closed Sunday. 

Colorado Springs police are asking for anyone to report seeing anyone suspicious, someone not known to their neighborhood.