Suspected Thief Dies After Slamming Into Tree

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A man who crashed a pickup truck into a tree while towing a stolen front-end loader is dead, but it's not yet clear what killed him.

Commerce City police say Toby Cordova died Thursday at Denver Health Medical Center, one day after officers noticed him hauling the Bobcat in a trailer around one that morning.

Recent thefts at construction sites made officers suspicious. They tried to pull him over, but police say he refused to stop and led them on a chase.

Authorities put out stop sticks, but Cordova allegedly avoided them and tried to run down an officer. That's when police shot at the driver, who lost control and hit a tree at Barr Lake Campground.

An autopsy will determine whether the 33-year-old died after being shot, or from injuries suffered in the crash.