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Police Investigate Fatal Single Vehicle Crash

Released on Saturday, October 14, 2023

On October 14, 2023 at approximately 12:40 am, Fort Collins Police were notified of a serious collision at the intersection of South Lemay Avenue and East Harmony Road. When Fort Collins Police Officers arrived on scene, they located a heavily damaged Mini Cooper that had collided with the traffic light pole on the northwest corner of the intersection. There were also several good Samaritans working to get to the driver. The damage to the engine compartment was so severe that it had ignited a fire inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Multiple Fort Collins Police Officers used fire extinguishers to work on putting the fire out until Poudre Fire Authority arrived on scene.

Inside the Mini Cooper was an adult who was pronounced deceased on scene. Due to this being a fatal collision, the Fort Collins Police CRASH (Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling) Team responded to take over the investigation. The investigation to this point has revealed that the Mini Cooper was travelling westbound on Harmony Road when it left the roadway and collided with the light pole. The vehicle was only occupied by the adult driver. Police are investigating what factors lead up to the collision.

“The officers and good Samaritans who responded and stopped for this crash did everything they could to try and rescue the driver. While the factors leading up to this crash are still under investigation, our thoughts are with the driver’s family during this difficult time,” said Sergeant Mike Avrech who oversees the Fort Collins Police CRASH Team.

Westbound Harmony Road was closed from Wheaton Drive to Boardwalk Drive, and Lemay Avenue was closed in both directions from Wheaton Drive to Oakridge Drive for approximately 4 hours while investigators processed the scene.

Anyone with information who has not already spoken to police or may have video of the incident along this stretch of Harmony Road from Lemay to Timberline is asked to call Officer David Kaes at (970) 416 2229.