4 try to run across I-25 in Colorado Springs; 1 person hit and killed

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - One person was killed after police say he tried to run across a busy stretch of I-25 Monday evening.

The victim was part of a foursome that darted across I-25 just south of the Fontanero exit (144) around 7:30 p.m. Police described the group as "transient pedestrians."

"One of them was struck by a large white van traveling northbound on I-25," said Lt. Jim Sokolik with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The man died at the scene. No injuries were reported to the others in his group. On Tuesday, the pedestrian was identified as 36-year-old Tony Barton of Security.

"Crossing in the middle of I-25 is extremely dangerous," Sokolik said. "We ask nobody under any circumstances attempt to do that."

A couple of drivers passing by were distracted looking at the crash site and caused a crash of their own. No one in either vehicle was hurt.

Between the two collisions, northbound I-25 was closed for hours between the Uintah and Fontanero exits. It reopened early Tuesday morning.

2018 was the deadliest year on record on the roads in the city, and 2019 unfortunately appears to be keeping pace: police say this was the 24th traffic fatality in the city, just one below last year.