A Bellevue man told Colorado State Patrol investigators that the brakes on his SUV failed Tuesday, causing a two-vehicle accident that took the lives of two highway workers near Highlands Ranch.
A report released by the state patrol said Thomas Garrity, 74, and Francine Garrity, 72, were taken to Littleton (Colo.) Adventist Hospital with minor injuries. Joseph Schwartz, 47, of Morrison, Colo., and Jesus Villalobos, 27, of Brighton, Colo., died at the scene.
Garrity, who retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, was traveling west just before noon when he attempted to exit State Highway C-470. He couldn’t stop for a traffic light at the bottom of the ramp, realized his brakes were out and drove his 2007 Tribeca Subaru up a grass embankment in an effort to stop, according to the patrol report.
As the Subaru came back down the hill, it hit Schwartz and Villalobos, who were near the road and part of a crew working on the underside of a C-470 bridge. The Subaru then hit a Honda Pilot that was northbound on a crossing street. The driver of the Honda, a 39-year-old Highlands Ranch woman, was not injured.
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