FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) — Two people died and one suspect is in custody after a crash in Fort Collins on Thanksgiving. Several vehicles were involved in the crash at East Harmony Road and East Boardwalk Drive on Thursday morning, after a driver in a stolen pickup was speeding away from officers during a suspicious vehicle investigation.
At least two cars and two trucks were on the side of the road and another truck crashed into a 7-Eleven store nearby.
Thursday morning, officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle at Arctic Fox and Caribou drives. Officers attempted to contact the driver but that person took off and police did not pursue the vehicle, police said. The crash occurred a short time later.
The driver suspected of causing the crash survived and was taken into custody. The truck was reported stolen from a farm in Ault on Wednesday night. The truck’s owner told CBS4 that his wife usually uses the truck at their cattle ranch.
“We own a cattle feed lot, so we use it every day around there,” said Dallas Schleining, the truck’s owner.
Schleining told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas that he was unaware that it was missing until police contacted him.
“The officer told me it was probably totaled,” said Schleining. “I am curious who stole the vehicle, I don’t know at this point.”
A police drone was launched to survey the scene as part of the investigation. At least one deceased victim was not removed from a heavily damaged vehicle until sunset.
“Seeing the other vehicles, they are worse than I anticipated,” Schleining said.
All eastbound traffic on Harmony was closed at John F. Kennedy Parkway and all westbound traffic was closed at South Lemay Avenue at noon. Police kept the road closed for more than seven hours hours for investigation and asked drivers to avoid the area.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. And, we hope God is with them,” Schleining said.
CBS4 learned the stolen truck was possibly involved in smash-and-grab at a local pawn shop earlier in the morning, in which guns were stolen. However, Fort Collins police would not confirm or deny those reports.
Members of the Fort Collins Police Services CRASH (Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling) Team responded to investigate the collision.
Dillon Thomas contributed to this report. He is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.