Woman killed in Academy and Platte crash identified
A woman killed after two vehicles collided on North Academy Boulevard last week has been identified.
Police confirmed Monday that 26-year-old Alyssa Mason was killed in the March 22 crash.
Mason was a passenger in a black sedan, which side-swiped a private utility truck turning left from Academy onto Platte Avenue. She and the driver of the sedan were both transported to an area hospital; Mason died three hours later.
"Alyssa had an incredible number of friends, and each one that has reached out to us say she literally saved their lives," Lynn Liggett shared with 11 News about Alyssa. "She was a recovering addict who wanted to help others get out of that life and did in many instances. She was enrolled in the culinary arts program at PPCC and on her way to a new life for herself while still encouraging others. A Celebration of Life service in April is being planned."
According to police, the call came in at 12:17 a.m. CSPD's Major Crash Team closed Academy in both directions over Platte for several hours as they investigated. After a flying a drone over the crash site at 7 a.m., the roadway reopened.
Police are investigating whether drugs, alcohol or speed played a part in the collision.
This is the ninth fatality of 2019. Police tell 11 News that this is the exact same number of crash fatalities in the city as this time in 2018. 2018 would go on to become the deadliest year ever on the roads in Colorado Springs.