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[Updated] Police investigate crash involving pedestrian and vehicle

Released on Friday, October 22, 2021
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  • Public Information Officer, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950,, Website:

The female pedestrian remained hospitalized following this incident but sadly succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on October 29. The Larimer County Coroner has identified the woman as Cynthia Wales, 20, of Fort Collins and ruled the manner death as accidental.

The crash investigation remains active. Anyone with information, who has not already spoken to police, is asked to call Officer Ken Koski at (970) 416-2229.


On October 22, 2021 at approximately 8:48 a.m., Fort Collins Police received several 911 calls regarding a pedestrian versus vehicle collision in the 1600 block of North College Avenue. A 2020 Kia Niro was travelling southbound on College Avenue when an adult female entered the roadway mid-block. The female was not in nor near a crosswalk when the Kia collided with her. The adult female was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Due to the severity of the pedestrian’s injuries, the Fort Collins Police CRASH (Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling) Team responded to take over the investigation. There were two adult females in the Kia Niro at the time of the collision; neither of them were injured.

Southbound College Avenue was closed from Willox Lane to the 1500 block of North College Avenue. One lane of northbound College Avenue was closed in the 1600 block while investigators processed the scene.

Police do not believe that speed, drugs, or alcohol were a factor in the collision. Police are still investigating why the female went into the roadway.

“Unfortunately, this is the second serious collision within a week involving a pedestrian who was not in the crosswalk," said Sergeant Mike Avrech, who oversees the Fort Collins Police Traffic Unit and CRASH Team. "Incidents like this have a lasting effect on all involved and witnesses. We ask everyone using our roadways to follow the rules and signage in place to prevent tragedy and ensure the safety of all travelers."

Anyone with information regarding this collision, who has not already spoken to police, is asked to call Officer Ken Koski at (970) 416-2229.