Soldier Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Motorcycle Deaths

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A Fort Carson soldier has been arrested and charged in the fatal motorcycle accident that shut down S. Academy for hours Sunday.

Colorado State Patrol say the victims were riding the motorcycle northbound on S. Academy in between I-25 and Highway 85 when they were hit by a car that was racing another vehicle at a high rate of speed.

The car's driver, 18-year-old Fort Carson soldier Brandon Howard has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. He was also charged with participating in a speed contest, or road race.

Howard claimed the vehicle lost control of its brakes momentarily and was trying to get off the road.

The driver and the passenger of the motorcycle were killed. The victims have been identified as Charles Coggin, 47, of Colorado Springs and Jacqueline Hansen, 47, of Arvada. Neither victim was wearing a helmet and both died at the scene of the crash. We're told that this was Hansen's first time on a bike.

Howard is being held at the El Paso County Jail on bond. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected in the accident.

Colorado State Patrol is still looking for the driver of the other car. If you have any information or may have seen the accident on Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m., call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by mac smiley Location: everywhere on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:30 PM
    I'm sorry for the victims family and friends, deeply sorry. What happened was very tragic, and shocking.. But to sit here and blame others for our losses, as upset as we may be, we must not loose sight of both perspectives. As far as I am concerned, both parties are victims, on earth or heaven. On one hand we have a innocent man and women enjoying a peaceful bike ride, I can't help but believe if they didn't believe in faith, they would have been wearing helmets, whether or not required by law. I know everytime I leave my house I consider the what ifs of what can come my way, but me, I tell myself
  • by Cookie Location: India on Dec 11, 2008 at 02:50 PM
    It was a real tragedy to hear about the sudden death of this young mother, sister, daughter and friend. I had the opportunity to meet her in person a few years ago. It hurts everyone especially near and dear ones that knew her. Hope to see her in the near future on this earth as promised to the dead. Love - Family
  • by denise-stacie Location: denver on Dec 10, 2008 at 05:57 PM
    shelly{jacquelin} was a fantastic person. always helping children whose parents found it easy to throw them away. a mother a foster parent and an outstanding human being. we will miss her. she touched hearts that shell never know she touched. a very beautiful soul gone forever. her children should be proud. love denise and stacie walmart 2125.
  • by JW Location: Pueblo on Dec 10, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    The idiot that wants to race is to blame. Not the Army! Come on, lets not pass the buck we all take responsibility for our OWN actions. If ur old enough to drive, ur old enough to drive responsible, and be held accountable for ur OWN actions! **Its a terrible tragedy, an accident that could have been prevented! ITs a shame this young man, served our country, and will now spend his time in jail over something so senseless!!! God Bless this family, and may he comfort u in dealing with ur loss!
  • by nk Location: fort carson on Dec 9, 2008 at 05:22 PM
    My heart goes out to both the victims whose lives where shortened and also to the young man whose life is now over this is something he will have to live with for the rest of his life and im sure that the accident is playing over and over in his head may God bless him and forgive him for the mistake he know hes made and it is not up to any of us to judge him we all make mistakes and none of us our perfect this is a tragedy and Im sorry for both the victims family and for the young mans family GOD BLESS
  • by Donna Location: COS on Dec 9, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    Chuck was a dear friend of mine, and the lady was very special to him. I will miss him dearly, and I hope that some good comes out of this the next time someone thinks of racing, maybe they will think twice.
  • by Bob Location: COS on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    The other driver that was racing needs to be arrested for two counts of accessory to vehicular homicide as well and that's why I imagine that CSP is looking for the other idiot. I hope they find him. These punks that race on city streets need to be stopped. Too fast, too furious, way to stupid!!! RIP Bikers........
  • by Mike Location: Fort Carson on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    Many of us Soldiers are motorcyclists ourselves and we are saddened at the trajedy. Many of us are also RESIDENTS also. Place the blame on your government for making us accept substandard people into out ranks.
  • by Christy Location: colosprngs on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    Why are you calling out the Army? I am not condoning the actions of this soldier in any way, but it's not the Army's fault. That would be like blaming your employer for your wrong actions. *** My prayers are with the victims families.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    Is there any description of the second vehicle. Make Model Color Plate #?
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