COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A two-vehicle crash that killed a driver and sent a family in the other vehicle to a hospital, remains under investigation by the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Police said around 5 p.m. last Friday, a van driven by Scott Sisk, 39, was traveling eastbound on Platte Avenue when it crossed into the westbound lanes and struck an SUV near the intersection of Wooten Road on the city's east side.
Sisk died on the scene, and a family in the SUV was taken to a hospital.
The crash was recorded on a dashboard camera in a car driven by Ken Nealy, who was a short distance behind and shared the video with KRDO NewsChannel 13.
"When we were at the intersection, I noticed the van driver swerve sharply to the left turn lane and then swerve sharply back out," Nealy said. "He accelerated through the intersection and again turned left very sharply, and that's when the accident happened."
Nealy said he and other drivers stopped to help the family, a couple and their three children."I suspect the driver might have had some broken ribs and a broken collarbone," said Nealy, who says he used to drive an ambulance in California. "His wife suffered a fairly significant head injury. She was unconscious. Three children were in the back and they were screaming."
Nealy said the crash is the most significant incident recorded on his camera since he installed it a year ago.
"I got it as a hobby," he said. "You know, you see dash cam videos on YouTube all the time. I didn't expect to see a crash and a man die in front of me. When I walked over to his van, I knew the crash wasn't survivable."
Local driving experts encourage people to wear seat belts, avoid speeding and leave plenty of space in traffic.
"If you're paying attention to your driving, that might give you an extra second or two to react to something unexpected," Trooper Gary Schaaf, of the Colorado State Patrol, said. "Maybe it'll help you slow down or pull out of the way."
Maile Gray, executive director of Drive Smart Colorado, offered a different perspective.
"You almost never have time to react to something unexpected," she said. "The more experienced you are, the better you can handle it. Animals in the road cause many crashes because people swerve to avoid them. As cruel as it may seem, you're better off just hitting the animal and staying in your lane. Swerving endangers you or other drivers."
Nealy said the crash has motivated him to be more alert while driving.
"I hope it does the same for everyone else," he said.
Police said everything from a health issue, to a mechanical breakdown, to even suicide, is investigated as a possible cause in such crashes.
"We're still investigating how the vehicle crossed into opposite lanes of traffic," said Lt. Howard Black.
Platte between Wooten and Babcock Road was closed for six hours for the investigation after the crash.