Crash victim was going to be stopped
A sheriff’s deputy was preparing to make a traffic stop on a motorcyclist when the rider was struck and killed by an oncoming sport utility vehicle.
Lone Tree police investigators say the rider made a left turn into the path of a Jeep Cherokee that was traveling east on County Line Road at Acres Green Drive around 11:30 p.m. June 22. Douglas County Coroner Lora Thomas said the victim, Dominick Garza, 43, of Littleton, died as a result of blunt force injuries to the torso.
A deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was driving behind the motorcycle shortly before the crash and observed it weaving. He was intending to stop the motorcycle and cite Garza after he turned left. When the light turned green, Garza reportedly turned in front of the Jeep Cherokee, which was approaching the traffic light and did not come to a full stop, said Lone Tree police Sgt. Scott Cavenah.
Investigators said Garza was thrown from his motorcycle, landing on the asphalt east of the point of impact. He was not wearing a helmet. Both vehicles erupted into flames after the crash. Authorities detected an odor of alcohol at the scene, but are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine whether any illicit substances were involved.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee — a 20-year-old woman from Denver — did not sustain any injuries, but was cited for driving with a suspended license. Excessive speed by either vehicle was not a factor. No other charges are expected, Cavenah said.