Five killed in CO multi-vehicle crash

February 18, 2011 5:49:59 PM PST
Police in suburban Denver are investigating why an SUV careened through rush-hour traffic, triggering a crash that killed a husband and wife and their three children. The Adams County coroner's office has identified the five killed in Thursday's crash as 34-year-old Randy Stollsteimer and 31-year-old Crystal Stollsteimer and their children, 12-year-old Sebastian, 9-year-old Darrian and 7-year-old Cyrus. Police say the Thornton family died after a Ford Expedition driven by 33-year-old Monica Chavez of Denver drove into oncoming traffic and hit a car, sending the SUV airborne and crashing into the top of the Stollsteimers' pickup truck.

The SUV then smashed into a mattress store, slightly injuring one person inside from flying glass and causing extensive damage to the building.

Chavez and her children, a 6-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, and a man who was alone in the Mazda, 48-year-old Victor Omar Madrid-Martinez were hospitalized. Barnes said he didn't have any details on their conditions.