COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A plumber was killed and another seriously hurt in a collision on North Nevada Avenue Monday morning.
Workers at Allied Plumbing told KRDO Newschanenl 13 that Mark Meschelle, 46, died from his injuries, and Ken Baker, 44, was recovering at the hospital. They said Baker broke both of his shins and will undergo surgery, but that he is expected to walk again after a long recovery process.
Police said a blue Nissan pathfinder crashed into two parked cars in the 1400 block of N. Nevada close to 9 a.m. One of those cars, a red Honda, pinned the two men against their truck as they were unloading tools from the back.
The female driver of the Nissan told police she was swerving to avoid a small black pickup truck. Police are still looking for the driver of that truck.
Allied Plumbing employee Danielle Richardson said the business is family-owned with only four employees, including herself. She described Meschelle as an upstanding man.
"He was very trustworthy and a great worker," said Richardson. "He was a father and a husband, and just a really good guy."
CSPD said the investigation into what happened is ongoing, and it's not clear if the driver of the Nissan will face charges. Richardson told KRDO Newschannel 13 that Baker had said at the hospital that he didn't remember seeing a black truck.
People who live in the area said collisions with parked cars are all too common.
"In the last month, I've probably seen two or three," said Tom Smithwick.
"The lady across the street's car has been hit twice," said Sheryl Courter.
The owner of the red Honda that hit the plumbers said her family's car has been hit before while parked in the same spot in front of their home.
Neighbors said they often see drivers exceeding the 35 mph speed limit.
"I think they might want to consider lowering the speed limit," said Courter. "It's such a busy street."
At the least, neighbors are hoping people will take what happened as warning to drive more carefully.
"It's frightening, it's tragic," said Smithwick. "These two guys were just out making a living."
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or saw a small black pickup truck leaving the area to call them at 444-7000 or Crimestoppers at 634-STOP.