2 Killed, 1 In Critical Condition After Getting Hit By Alleged Distracted Driver

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Two people have died and another is in critical condition after getting hit by a pickup truck while walking along a road in Thornton.

Matt Barnes with Thornton police said that around 12:15 p.m. Saturday a driver of a 1998 Toyota pickup truck may have been distracted by a cellphone and veered of the road, hitting three people.

The incident happened in the 3500 block of 168th Avenue.

Two adult men died at the scene and a teenager was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Barnes said the pedestrians were hit from behind.

grennan michael 2 Killed, 1 In Critical Condition After Getting Hit By Alleged Distracted Driver

Michael James Grennan (credit: Thornton Police Department)

The driver of the pickup, identified as Michael James Grennan, 33, of Loveland, stayed at the scene. He’s being investigated for charges of careless driving resulting in death. Police said speed wasn’t a factor and don’t believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The names of the victims haven’t been released.

  • Robert Gift

    How sad.
    What an IDIOT driver.
    Use a hands-free earpiece. Mine answers the cell phone while I keep BOTHands on the wheel and watch.

    We also try to walk FACING traffic so that we have a better chance of avoiding such idiots.

    • Melissa prior

      This was my cousin…some people are so careless! What the hell is wrong with people?1 This is a terrible loos and tragedy for our entire family.

  • Melanie

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families. We love you guys!!!

    • rayray

      robert, you still don’t get it! You are still being distracted while driving! I hope someone doesn’t have to pay the ultimate price for you to learn that you are still distracted with your ALL IMPORTANT PHONE!

      • Everybody

        Does this mean that you can not talk while driving? When using a blue tooth and are able to answer or make a call with voice commands how is that anymore of a distraction than talking to a passenger, dealing with children, eating, putting on make up, or any number of things that are done while driving? Unless you are in a car alone, without any other distractions of any kind, with eyes forward, and both hands on the steering wheel, only then, are you in full command of your vehicle. The way that society is now, you take your life in your hands when you walk out of the door of your home. Sometimes you don’t even have to leave your home. Life is a gift. I lost a sibling when they were 9 and I was 13. It taught me 2 things. 1) You don’t have to be old to die. 2) When it is your time to leave this world, it is your time to go. We are born and are not guaranteed the number of years that we will live. That is why we all should live each day as if it is our last.

  • Bill J

    They pass a law that it is illegal for commercial drivers to use a cell phone device in any way while driving but it’s OK for any other driver to use one. I think this should prove the law should apply to all drivers on public roads. How many more need to die or be injured before they make the law apply to everyone and the police enforce it. I am a truck driver and witness how using a phone in any manner affects a persons ability to drive. IT DOES affect the drivers ability, some more than others but it DOES affect there driving ability and there ability to pay close attention to there driving. Please support this law for everyone, it could be your loved one next time!!!

  • DixT

    I know this man! Mike Grennan IS NOT the “George Zimmerman” everyone wants him to be! I guarantee you he is suffering over what he did. Did he flee the scene, as is the “custom” in Denver? NO, HE DIDN’T! He stayed, and took responsibility. Our hearts go out to the family members of the deceased and injured; our hearts go out to Mike Grennan and his family, also.

    • johnny be_good

      who is George Zimmerman?
      Accidents happen… regretfully, this one was avoidable. However, a law singling out cell phone usage is not the answer. Laws should be made for eating, reading, putting on makeup, and every other distracting activity you witness as you travel the roadway. Good lord.. use some common sense… do you need a law to tell you not to do something stupid?

  • Mike

    Whatever the reason he hit these people, they are now gone. This driver is responsible for their deaths.

  • LoCo Bob

    Research shows hands free phone use is no safer than using a standard phone. You are still focusing too much on the phone. You don’t have to listen to your passengers, but psychologically you do listen (too much) to those talking to you via phone. Ban usage while driving. Pure and simple.

  • Tim

    One of the victims was my son-in-law. All of our family is grieving, but also for the driver. This was a horrific accident that we will all have deal with for the rest of our lives. My prayers go to the driver and his family too. My son-in-law lived every day to its fullest and always told my daughter and their children that he loved them several times a day.

  • A. J.

    This is terribly sad, for all involved. What made this even worse was the tasteless report by Channel 4 news. Howard Nathan’s shameless need to “get the story” was embarrassing and frankly, infuriating. Whatever the facts may have been, I can only imagine that the driver was personally devastated, as were the friends and families of the victims, of course. The amateur (at best) attempt to look like a real reporter, was an example of the degenerated state to which commercial news has fallen. Is there no good taste or decency to be expected?

  • clark

    ya know there are people dieing everyday for so many different reasons. AT the hand of a killer, accident, themselves, sick…doesn’t matter how it happens. In the end run the pain and hurt is still the same. We love our family members and never want to see them pass. IF we could live for eternity that would fix this pain but it doesn’t work that way. So we have to say goodbye to our loved ones sometimes even if we dont want to. But to know they are in a better place makes it easier..not alot easier but it does help…I will miss him more then he knows and I wish I had more time with him but I had more then I thought I would…have to carry the memories with me from now on. This was a freak accident no one seen coming and we know the driver has sypathy he is human who wouldnt…Doesnt matter to me what the driver was doing just wish he was looking ahead…stephen was a great man and a wonderful soul he will tiuely be missed!!!

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