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Officials Decide No Charges Will Be Filed In Fatal I-25 Pileup

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DENVER (CBS4) – Investigators with Denver police on Friday announced that no charges will be filed in the deadly pileup on Interstate 25 that took place earlier this month.

Denver police’s Traffic Enforcement spokesman Sgt. Mike Farr said the decision comes despite the fact people were likely driving too fast for the weather conditions.

WEB EXTRA: Watch Denver Police Officials Complete News Conference On Friday About The Pileup

Farr and other investigators spoke with the district attorney and they say charges wouldn’t hold up in court, given that the road conditions were changing rapidly on the morning of March 1 when the crash happened and based on the number of cars involved.

(credit: Denver Police Department)

(credit: Denver Police Department)

A total of 104 vehicles got caught up in the three separate crashes that made up the pileup. Investigators focused their attention on the first of those crashes, which involved more than 40 cars and killed one woman.

Officers say when they arrived on the scene of that accident the roadways were just wet, but when they looked back at photos taken from the time of the crash — about 20 mins earlier — they could see the roads were covered in snow and ice.

Farr said the slick conditions triggered the chain reaction.

“Somebody started to lose control in front of the truck. The 18-wheeler — in attempting to avoid that — slides and starts to jacknife, does eventually come to a stop but has already collided with some vehicles and now vehicles attempting to avoid the truck were colliding with each other and colliding with the truck. So it was a chain reaction,” he said.

PHOTO GALLERY: See Images From The Pileup

Investigators have talked to the majority of drivers involved but are still working to identify a few who were involved that haven’t come forward. They are asking those folks to contact them right away.

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Police say they would like to contact the following drivers and vehicle owners in relation to this case.

DRIVER # 13 – MCLAUGHLIN, SEAN SCOTT

Sex: MALE

Residence: Castle Rock

DRIVER # 25 – ROMANO, DANIEL P

Sex: MALE

Residence: Central City

DRIVER # 30 – RUSCH, KAYLA

Sex: FEMALE

Residence: Greeley

DRIVER # 35 – SPENCER, COLLIN

Sex: MALE

Residence: Colorado Springs

38. DRIVER # 44 – BORCHENKO, NADEZHDA

Sex: MALE

Residence: Westminster

DRIVER # 45 – RINGSTAD, KIRT A

Sex: MALE

Residence: Castle Rock

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INVOLVED # 45 – 566RJO, CO VIN# JT2BK18U030082650

(Case Specific Information)

License number: 566RJO

State of issue: Colorado

VIN #: JT2BK18U030082650

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Miscellaneous information: OBAMA STICKER

Vehicle type: AUTOMOBILE (incl. SUV and LIGHT DUTY TRUCK)

Make and model: TOYOTA PRIUS

Style: 4DR AUTOMOBILE

Year: 2003

Color: Blue

Master Vehicle Index Reference

License number: 566RJO

State of issue: Colorado

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Miscellaneous information: OBAMA STICKER

Towed: NO

Insurance Information

Owner Information

Owner type: PERSON

Owner role: INVOLVED

 

3. INVOLVED # 27 – 973101L, CO

(Case Specific Information)

License number: 973101L

State of issue: Colorado

License type: Temporary

Year of issue: 2014

Vehicle type: AUTOMOBILE (incl. SUV and LIGHT DUTY TRUCK)

Make and model: LINCOLN-CONTINENTAL MKX

Style: 4DR AUTOMOBILE

Color: Green

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License number: 973101L

State of issue: Colorado

License type: Temporary

Year of issue: 2014

Towed: NO

Insurance Information

Owner Information

Owner type: PERSON

Owner role: INVOLVED

 

10. INVOLVED # 13 – 681ZAD, CO VIN# 1FAHP2KT7BG153508

(Case Specific Information)

License number: 681ZAD

State of issue: Colorado

VIN #: 1FAHP2KT7BG153508

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Vehicle type: AUTOMOBILE (incl. SUV and LIGHT DUTY TRUCK)

Make and model: FORD TAURUS

Style: 4DR AUTOMOBILE

Year: 2011

Color: Red

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License number: 681ZAD

State of issue: Colorado

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Towed: NO

Insurance Information

Owner Information

Owner type: PERSON

Owner role: INVOLVED

23. INVOLVED # 25 – 887RYB, CO VIN# WBAET37473NH03867

(Case Specific Information)

License number: 887RYB

State of issue: Colorado

VIN #: WBAET37473NH03867

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2015

Vehicle type: AUTOMOBILE (incl. SUV and LIGHT DUTY TRUCK)

Make and model: BMW 325XI

Style: 4DR AUTOMOBILE

Year: 2003

Color: Blue

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License number: 887RYB

State of issue: Colorado

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2015

Towed: NO

Insurance Information

Owner Information

Owner type: PERSON

Owner role: INVOLVED

 

27. INVOLVED # 30 – 590WAV, CO VIN# JTMBFREV1DD004220

(Case Specific Information)

License number: 590WAV

State of issue: Colorado

VIN #: JTMBFREV1DD004220

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Vehicle type: AUTOMOBILE (incl. SUV and LIGHT DUTY TRUCK)

Make and model: TOYOTA RAV4

Style: 4DR AUTOMOBILE

Year: 2013

Color: Gray

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License number: 590WAV

State of issue: Colorado

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Towed: NO

Insurance Information

Owner Information

Owner type: PERSON

Owner role: INVOLVED

 

31. INVOLVED # 35 – 918CCQ, CO VIN# 1J4FJ68S3RL129212

(Case Specific Information)

License number: 918CCQ

State of issue: Colorado

VIN #: 1J4FJ68S3RL129212

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Vehicle type: AUTOMOBILE (incl. SUV and LIGHT DUTY TRUCK)

Make and model: JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

Style: 4DR AUTOMOBILE

Year: 1994

Color: Blue

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License number: 918CCQ

State of issue: Colorado

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Towed: NO

Insurance Information

Owner Information

Owner type: PERSON

Owner role: INVOLVED

 

39. INVOLVED # 43 – 816ZTY, CO VIN# 1GNSKJE74CR297764

(Case Specific Information)

License number: 816ZTY

State of issue: Colorado

VIN #: 1GNSKJE74CR297764

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Vehicle type: AUTOMOBILE (incl. SUV and LIGHT DUTY TRUCK)

Make and model: CHEVROLET SUBURBAN

Style: 4DR AUTOMOBILE

Year: 2012

Color: Silver

Master Vehicle Index Reference

License number: 816ZTY

State of issue: Colorado

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Towed: NO

Insurance Information

Owner Information

Owner type: PERSON

Owner role: INVOLVED

 

40. INVOLVED # 44 – 323YWA, CO VIN# JF1GE61618G520691

(Case Specific Information)

License number: 323YWA

State of issue: Colorado

VIN #: JF1GE61618G520691

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Vehicle type: AUTOMOBILE (incl. SUV and LIGHT DUTY TRUCK)

Make and model: SUBARU IMPREZA

Style: 4DR AUTOMOBILE

Year: 2008

Color: Gray

Master Vehicle Index Reference

License number: 323YWA

State of issue: Colorado

License type: Regular Passenger

Year of issue: 2014

Towed: NO

Insurance Information

Owner Information

Owner type: PERSON

Owner role: INVOLVED

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