Police ask any witnesses to come forward after a man reportedly drove off Pikes Peak Highway

Crash off Pikes Peak Highway 4/7/21.
Crash off Pikes Peak Highway 4/7/21.(KKTV)
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 8:58 PM MDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 8:59 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police are hoping witnesses can come following an unsettling crash off Pikes Peak Highway this week.

The crash happened on Tuesday just before 11 in the morning. Police received a report of a vehicle that went off the roadway and crashed above tree line right below Devil’s Playground. Police tell 11 News it is believed the man behind the wheel intentionally drove through the gates at the bottom of the mountain before the crash.

An 11 News crew was at the scene soon after the crash happened. The driver had to be taken by helicopter to the hospital.

The driver was identified as 37-year-old Nathaniel Phillips. Phillips was taken into custody on outstanding felony warrants, not tied to the crash.

While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, police are asking any witnesses to call them at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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