1 dead after vehicle crashes off bridge on I-76 onto York Ave

Victim ID'd as Anthony Griego
Posted at 7:50 AM, Dec 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-28 01:55:02-05

DENVER, Colo. -- One person died and three other members of a family were injured after their truck went airborne off a bridge Tuesday morning.

Investigators say the accident appears to be the result of aggressive driving.

They identified the victim as 28-year old Anthony Griego, who they say drove the 2013 Nissan pickup.

The crash happened at Interstate 76 and York around 7:25 a.m.

The Colorado State Patrol said the Nissan, speeding on Interstate 76, was moving in and out of traffic, passing several vehicles on the left shoulder.

As the left shoulder narrowed, the driver appeared to lose control.

"He went through the guardrail," said Cpl. Heath Griscavage, of the Colordo State Patrol. "He basically did a 'Dukes of Hazzard,' launched off the edge of the roadway, landed on his rear and then flipped over."

That's when Griego was ejected.

Sgt. R.E. Madden told Denver7 that Griego was not wearing a seatbelt. Neither was an adult woman who was a passenger in the front seat.

"She suffered life-threatening injuries," Madden said. 

Two children who were in the back seat, and were wearing seatbelts, suffered serious injuries.

"They were taken to Denver Health," Madden said.

Several people witnessed the crash.

York Street was shut down for several hours while troopers investigated the crash scene.

I-76 was narrowed to one lane westbound, while CDOT crews made emergency repairs to the guardrail.

Authorities have not released the name of the woman who was injured.

They're still trying to determine why Griego drove unsafely.


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