Police Look For Man Accused Of Fleeing Deadly Crash

Woman Lied About Another Car Causing Accident, Police Say

POSTED: 05:31 AM MST Feb 16, 2012    UPDATED: 05:04 AM MST Feb 17, 2012 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Colorado Springs police are looking for a man who they believe caused a deadly traffic crash Monday morning.

Detectives with the Major Accident Unit are looking for Michael Stephen Benton, 32. They said he drove the vehicle that caused the crash. Police said he may be staying in a local hotel and driving a white Dodge Neon with an unknown license plate.

A plumber was killed and his co-worker was seriously hurt when a car hit them in the 1400 block of North Nevada Avenue. Police said a blue Nissan pathfinder, the suspect's vehicle, crashed into two parked cars. One of those cars, a red Honda, pinned the two men against their truck as they were unloading tools from the back.

Police said a woman first told them she drove the Nissan and was swerving to avoid a small, black pickup truck. However, police later said that story is false, and that the woman was a passenger in the Nissan and was covering for Benton.

Benton left the scene before officers arrived, police said.

Police said an arrest warrant will be issued for Benton, but the specific charges are unclear.

Workers at Allied Plumbing in Colorado Springs told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that Mark Meschelle, 46, died from his injuries, and Ken Baker, 44, is recovering at a hospital. Workers said Baker broke both of his shins and will undergo surgery, but is expected to walk again after a long recovery process.

Stay tuned to KRDO.com and NewsChannel 13 for updates.