Church says victim in deadly Calhan crash was former worship leader

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Published: Dec. 1, 2017 at 1:15 PM MST
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Alcohol is being investigated as a potential cause of a deadly crash in eastern El Paso County.

The crash claimed the life of a 44-year-old man from Ramah. He has not been identified by the coroner's office, but in a Facebook post Friday, Woodmen Valley Chapel announced the deceased was one of their former worship leaders.

It is with heavy hearts that we let you know that Chuck Limbrick, a dear friend to many of us at Woodmen, died in a...

Posted by Woodmen Valley Chapel on Friday, December 1, 2017

State Patrol says the driver missed a curve in the road on Highway 24, went off the road and flipped his truck. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. The driver died at the scene.

The crash happened just before 5:30 Thursday night 2 miles east of Calhan.

Limbrick had largely turned his life around since serving a 23-year sentence in prison for killing his mother in the late 80s, when he was still a teenager. After life sentence was commuted in 2011 by then Gov. Bill Ritter, he had become an active member in the Springs' religious community as a music minister.

He had faced some legal woes since his release, including a DUI conviction in 2015. According to news partners The Gazette, the victims in the DUI crash appealed to the parole board not to overturn Limbrick's parole.

Limbrick said at his 2015 sentencing that he had struggled on and off since leaving prison and had turned to alcohol to cope. He was given probation.