19-month-old killed in 3-vehicle crash south of Colorado Springs
A toddler was killed and multiple people were hurt after three cars collided on I-25 just before rush hour Monday afternoon.
The deadly crash tied up traffic for hours, shutting down southbound I-25 just south of the South Academy exit for nearly four hours and whittling the northbound side to just one lane. Spillover traffic on nearby roads such as Highway 115 created additional backups as drivers used alternate routes.
State Patrol says the driver of a northbound Subaru WRX clipped a Chevy Tahoe while trying to pass it on the interstate around 3:45 p.m. The impact caused the Subaru to spin off the road and across the median. The car ended up in the left southbound lane in the path of Toyota Tundra. The two vehicles collided; the Toyota flipped into the center median while the back of the Subaru slid across a guardrail for a short distance.
Troopers say a 19-month-old child inside the Subaru was properly restrained in a rear-facing child seat, but suffered severe injuries and did not survive. The toddler was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Subaru was seriously injured and transported to an area hospital. She has been identified as 23-year-old Jasmine Alderete of Colorado Springs.
The driver of the Toyota Tundra, 38-year-old Claudia Roper, also suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. Her passenger, 17-year-old Daniel Roper, sustained minor injuries but went to the hospital as a precaution.
The driver of the Chevy Tahoe was unhurt.
Troopers say all involved were wearing seat belts.
The roadway reopened at 7:30 p.m., nearly four hours after the crash. The collision remains under investigation. Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors.