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Denver wrong-way crash kills 2, injures 3

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jul 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-29 13:00:40-04

DENVER — Police in Denver are investigating a wrong-way crash that left two people dead and injured three others overnight.

The crash happened around midnight Saturday on South Santa Fe Drive near the West Mississippi Avenue intersection.

Police said a truck, occupied by the driver and two passengers, was going southbound in the northbound lanes of Santa Fe Drive and crashed into a northbound SUV.

Two people in the SUV – a man and a woman – were killed in the crash. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. The woman died later at the hospital, according to police.

The three people in the truck were seriously injured and transported to the hospital for treatment. All three are expected to survive, police said.

2 dead, 3 injured in wrong-way Denver crash

The driver of the truck will be held for investigation of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault, according to police. Denver police later confirmed that it appears alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

The victims were identified on July 28 as 28-year-old Matthew Melchi and 27-year-old Brittany.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include the identity of the victims?.