COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Update: After further investigation, it was determined Luis Garcia was the driver involved in the rollover crash that closed the southbound lanes of Powers Blvd Monday morning. Garcia had been driving under the influence of an unknown substance when he rolled the vehicle.
Garcia was driving a gold-colored Cadillac Escalade. Police later discovered the Escalade was stolen.
Garcia was traveling southbound on Powers Blvd with three passengers when he lost control of the SUV and as he attempted to change lanes he drove into the grassy median. Garcia then overcorrected while trying to return to the road, resulting in the vehicle rolling over. One of the occupants was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
Garcia was treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries and was then arrested. He is charged with vehicular assault, aggravated motor vehicle theft, DUI and driving with excessive alcohol.
If you witnessed the crash or have any information you are asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000.
Southbound Powers Blvd. was closed from Constitution to Palmer Park Monday morning after a single-vehicle rollover crash.
CSPD responded to the serious injury crash at Powers and Victor Place just before 5:20 a.m. There were four passengers in the SUV.
All passengers are in stable condition.
“Speed is a factor in this crash,” said Police Sgt. Jason Reeser.
It’s still unclear if drugs or alcohol was also a factor in the crash.
“I’m nervous every time I come through here,” said Gary Bunch, who works across the street. “It’s a dangerous place in the morning.”
The southbound lanes were closed for nearly five hours, but have since reopened. Alternate routes suggested were N. Murray Blvd. or Peterson Road.
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