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Police: 1 killed in crash after vehicle hits light pole in east Colorado Springs

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 4:16 PM MDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 6:08 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - According to police, one person died in a crash Wednesday afternoon near North Powers Boulevard and Constitution Avenue.

Police say they responded to the area for a four-car crash and one of them reportedly hit a light pole. Two people were reportedly seriously injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Officers say a Kia Stinger was headed northbound on Powers when it sideswiped a Mercedes sedan also going north. The Kia then reportedly veered left in front of the Mercedes and drove through the median. That’s when police say the Kia hit the light pole. The Kia then reportedly went into the southbound lanes of traffic, hitting a Hyundai Elantra, driven by 60-year-old Mi Y. Ko. Police say her Hyundai was hit in the back by a Honda Accord heading southbound.

Police say Ko was transported to the hospital but later died from her injuries.

Family members tell 11 News Ko was devoted to her church and was well-known in the Korean-American community here in Colorado Springs.

Pastor Peter Jisung Lee of Korean American United Methodist Church says the church is devastated by her loss.

“Many church members including other Korean neighbors like her, and love her, and probably most of them will miss her,” he said. “I hope and pray that may God comfort them and may peace be with her family and I feel like we believe that she is with God right now and she is smiling looking to us.”

Lanes of Powers were closed for several hours while crews investigated the crash, but reopened just before 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The Major Crash Team responded and is currently investigating, but police say drugs and alcohol are not factors in the crash. Police also say “the possibility of a medical episode occurring has not been ruled out, either”.

Officers are asking anyone with information or might have been a witness to this crash should call police at (719)-444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at (719) 634-STOP (7867).

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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