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Pedestrian hit by car downtown critically injured, driver ID'd as El Paso County GOP chairman

Pedestrian hit by car downtown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - KRDO NewsChannel 13 has learned that a driver who hit a pedestrian in downtown Colorado Springs Tuesday morning is El Paso County GOP Chairman Trevor Dierdorff.

The victim has been identified as Mel Tolbert, the owner of Platte Floral.

Authorities say the victim suffered life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.

The crash happened just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on Tejon Street between Boulder Street and Platte Avenue. The stretch was closed but it has since reopened.

Witnesses who saw the accident happen, describe the scene as chaotic.

"I just heard a thump and turned around and he's laying down and his shoes are underneath the car," said Matt Elbertson.

Other spectators said they saw evidence still being collected hours after the accident.

"We didn't know what had happened or anything, but  I did see a patch of blood on the street," said John Morris.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation.

Springs police pointed out cases like this are a good reminder to always drive carefully.



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