1 killed, 7 injured after truck drives through crowd in Golden

The suspect vehicle that law enforcement says ran over several members of a crowd outside a...
The suspect vehicle that law enforcement says ran over several members of a crowd outside a Golden, Colorado, bar early on the morning of Oct. 9, 2022.(CBS Denver)
Published: Oct. 9, 2022 at 12:01 PM MDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2022 at 1:02 PM MDT
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GOLDEN, Colo. (KKTV) - Seven people were hurt and an eighth killed after a pickup plowed into a group gathered outside a bar overnight.

Law enforcement says the three men inside the truck drove through the crowd on purpose.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a fight broke out around 1:45 Sunday morning in the parking lot outside Rock Rest Lodge Bar & Grill in Golden. Bouncers broke up the brawl and led one of the two groups involved behind the building. At that point, investigators say three men from the other group jumped in a truck and backed it into the crowd.

“It appears he intentionally drove into the victims, striking at least eight individuals, including restaurant employees,” the sheriff’s office said.

The truck kept going but was found a short distance way. The people inside were detained.

“I’ve been here six years and we’ve never had anything like this,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told media in a news briefing.

The suspected driver, identified by law enforcement as 29-year-old Ruben Marquez, will face charges of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. The owner of the truck, who was allegedly riding as a passenger Sunday morning, is facing charges of accessory. He has been identified as 25-year-old Ernesto Avila.

The other passenger is not facing charges at this time.

Rock Rest Lodge said in a social media post that it would be closed for the rest of Sunday.