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Second person in vehicle that crashed with Denver Fire truck dies

Posted at 1:46 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 19:19:08-05

DENVER – A second woman who was riding in a vehicle that was hit by a Denver Fire Department truck last Saturday has died, Denver police said Thursday.

Police said the adult woman died at an area hospital. The Office of the Medical Examiner identified the woman as Debra Williams, 53, and said her cause of death was blunt force injuries.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon on Broadway at the intersection of E 7th Ave./Speer Blvd. DFD spokesperson Greg Pixley said the fire engine was responding to an emergency and had its lights and sirens on at the time of the crash, though it’s still unclear exactly what led to it. Denver police are investigating the crash.

"We want to be completely transparent. So, we are in contact with the DPD traffic bureau," said Chief Desmond Fulton of the Denver Fire Department earlier this week. "We want to make sure that no matter what comes to light at the end of this tragedy, that we learn from it and that we do what we can to make sure that this does not happen again."

Police say there is little video evidence available that captured the crash.

On Wednesday, the Office of the Medical Examiner identified the driver of the vehicle who died at Denver Health Medical Center after the crash on Saturday as Monica Charles, 38.

Police had originally said that she had died following the crash and that two passengers in the vehicle were injured, along with a firefighter. One of those passengers has now died, according to DPD.

Denver police said Thursday the investigation into the crash is ongoing.