Soldier Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Motorcycle Deaths

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email
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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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