El Paso County Crime

Springs business owner who was hit by a car last week dies from his injuries

Pedestrian hit by car downtown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs business owner who was hit by a car last Tuesday died from his injuries over the weekend.

Mel Tolbert, 79, owned the Platte Floral Flower Shop.

Tolbert was walking on Tejon Street between Boulder Street and Platte Avenue at around 7:30 a.m. on March 28 when he was hit.

The driver who hit Tolbert was identified as Trevor Dierdorff. Dierdorff is the Chairman of the El Paso County GOP.

Witnesses who saw the accident happen described 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.

It's unknown if Dierdorff will face any charges.



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