Deadly crash involving a pedestrian in Colorado Springs, driver suspected of DUI

Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 9:02 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2021 at 10:40 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A deadly crash involving a pedestrian closed down a busy Colorado Springs roadway Wednesday night.

Just before 8:30 p.m., westbound W. Cimarron Street (Highway 24) was closed near 8th Street. The area is on the west side of Colorado Springs near Old Colorado City. According to police, the victim was driving west on W. Cimarron Street in a Ford Escape when a mattress the driver was transporting fell off the roof of the vehicle. The driver reportedly stopped their Ford Escape along the right shoulder of the road and got out of the car. That’s when officers say the driver was hit by a silver Toyota Tundra.

The driver of the Ford died at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota was identified as 60-year-old Luann Brunkenhoefer. 11 News was at the scene when a woman was being given a sobriety test. Officers on scene say she was “found to be intoxicated”. Brunkenhoefer was arrested for DUI-related charges as well as vehicular homicide.

The pedestrian has not been publicly identified.

Westbound traffic was diverted onto 8th Street and Cimarron during the investigation; All lanes reopened to traffic at 12:45 a.m. Thursday.

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