Family hosts vigil after one dead in multi-car crash in southwest Colorado Springs

The Tapia family says 31-year-old Michael Tapia was killed and his father is in custody
Published: Oct. 30, 2022 at 10:50 PM MDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2022 at 4:55 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Tapia family tells 11 News 31-year-old Michael Tapia Jr. died after a multi-car crash on Lake Avenue and Cheyenne Road on the night of Oct. 28.

The police have not confirmed the identity of the man who died in the crash, but they do have Michael Tapia Sr. in custody. Authorities say Michael Sr. was the driver of the vehicle, and alcohol and speed are considered factors in the crash.

The Tapia family says Michael Sr. is Michael Jr’s father.

A vigil was held Sunday night just blocks from the crash site. A cross was put up and dozens of candles were lit in remembrance of Michael Jr. His sister Crystal spoke to 11 News, saying he was an incredible man.

“He was an amazing dad, and brother, and uncle he’s just amazing all around,” said Crystal Tapia.

The family says they have not been able to contact Michael Jr’s father and that he is in custody in the hospital. The last update they got from authorities was that he was in serious condition after the crash. The Tapias say they don’t know if he has been told his son is dead and that they want to see him.