Three men killed in Greeley crash identified; police believe driver sped down embankment into pond

Posted at 11:27 AM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 13:29:05-04

GREELEY, Colo. – The car that crashed into a pond in Greeley early Monday morning, killing three people, blew through a stop sign at high speeds and flew down an embankment before ending up in 50 feet of water, police said Tuesday.

The Greeley Police Department identified the three victims in the crash as 19-year-old Michael James Marshall, 19-year-old Juan Jose Gutierrez, and 30-year-old Victor Galvan, all of Greeley.

Police spokesman Sgt. J.P. Tymkowych said there was no evidence the driver of the vehicle used his brakes at the stop sign near North 47th Ave. and O Street, and a witness added that they saw the car blow the stop sign.

Police said when officers arrived, they could only see the faint glow of headlights about 30 feet from shore.

The car had sunk to around 50 feet, but the Greeley Fire Department’s Dive Team recovered the three men. They were taken to North Colorado Medical Center, where they were all pronounced dead.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and that they hadn’t ruled out drugs or alcohol possibly being a factor in the crash.

The Weld County Coroner’s Office will determine the men’s causes and manners of death. The police department asks anyone who witnessed the crash to call 970-351-5731.