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Uber driver killed, Colorado Springs mayor's son-in-law critically injured in crash

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 15:30:50-04

DENVER – A suspect has been arrested in a Denver hit-and-run crash that left an Uber driver dead and the son-in-law of the Colorado Springs mayor critically injured over the weekend, officials said.

The wreck happened early Sunday morning at the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

The suspect, Jeffery Sloan, 36, was driving a stolen Jeep Liberty SUV west on Colfax about 1 a.m. Sunday when he ran a red light at the intersection, crashing into an Uber, according to a probable cause statement from police. Sloan faces felony charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

The Uber driver, whose name hasn't been released, was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Colorado Springs officials confirmed that Mayor John Suthers' son-in-law, Mark Karla, 45, was a passenger in the Uber. Karla suffered "massive brain trauma," the probable cause statement said.

Sloan was driving about 80 mph when the crash happened, police said. A witness saw him walking away from the scene after the crash, the probable cause statement said.

Karla, a dentist in Commerce City, remained in critical condition Wednesday at Denver Health Medical Center. Suthers was the Colorado attorney general from 2005-2015.

Sloan remained in the Denver County Jail on Wednesday with his bond set at $100,000.