18-year-old killed in crash east of the Springs identified

Troopers investigate the scene of a deadly crash at Judge Orr Road and Ellicott Highway on Oct. 7, 2019. State Patrol told 11 News they were investigating the cause of the crash as failing to yield.
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A teenager was killed when two cars collided at an intersection in eastern El Paso County Monday night.

On Thursday, the El Paso County coroner publicly identified the person killed as 18-year-old Charles Macduff.

Troopers say Macduff was driving westbound on Judge Orr when he was hit by a northbound vehicle at the intersection with Ellicott Highway around 8 p.m. The impact caused one of the cars to flip over. Troopers didn't specify if that was the vehicle Macduff was in.

State Patrol is still investigating what led up to the crash, but said the northbound driver would have had a yellow light and the westbound driver, a stop signal.

"At the time of the crash there was a flashing red light for westbound and eastbound traffic; there's also a visible stop sign at that location. Northbound and southbound traffic have a yellow flashing light," said Sgt. Jason Jones with Colorado State Patrol.

According to Jones, the vehicle on Judge Orr moved into the intersection as the other vehicle was oncoming.

"It proceeded from a stop sign when it was struck by a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Ellicott Highway," he said.

The teen should have yielded to the other vehicle, Jones said.

"A flashing red light is the same thing as a stop sign, so if you approach any intersection that has a flashing red light you are required to stop and treat it as a stop sign and yield to any other traffic that would be traveling through, especially if they have a yellow flashing light.

"It's one of those unfortunate situations that the best advice we can give the motoring public is that anytime you're proceeding from a stop sign, make sure you're looking both ways, making sure that you're entering that intersection in a cautious manner. Because, unfortunately, if you don't these types of accidents can happen."

The surviving driver was unhurt. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash. Failure to yield is being investigated as the cause, Jones said.