DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police aren’t saying so far if the driver whose SUV on Sunday struck and killed a jogger and smashed into a home experienced some sort of medical condition that prompted him to drive erratically.
The accident happened just before noon in the southwestern part of the city as Michael Sanders, 45, was jogging on a sidewalk along the Hampden frontage road near Harlan.
Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene and a man in the home suffered a spine injury. The driver, Eduardo Duarte-Alegria, 43, was also hurt but is expected to survive.
Duarte-Alegria was dressed in a business suit. He was able to get out of the car after the SUV crashed into the home’s kitchen and walk a few feet before he was taken to the hospital. He doesn’t face any charges at this time but the case will be presented to the Denver District Attorney’s office.
Denver police said they don’t suspect drugs are alcohol played a role in the crash.
Many friends of Sanders learned of his death on Monday. Several came to the scene of the incident in the morning and gathered to share stories about how brave and fun he was.
Sanders’ family from Texas told CBS4 he had just gotten out of the military and had moved to Denver at the beginning of the year. He was taking classes at Arapahoe Community College and hoped to become a nurse or police officer.
The Pasteur family lives in the home, located at 3545 South Harlan Street, and was celebrating Easter when the crash happened. Jennifer Pasteur and her son were in the home with the man who was hurt, and they were both uninjured.
“We were in the kitchen and the car drove in,” Pasteur said. “I thought the roof was collapsing.”