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DENVER -- Several friends of Mike Sanders gathered Monday at the site where an SUV hit and killed him to build a memorial in his honor.

He was hit while jogging near Hampden and Sheridan Blvd. Sunday Afternoon.

"Mike and I have been friends for seven years. He is my climbing partner," said Brian Sorden, a friend

The 46-year old recently left the Army.

Michael Sanders. Courtesy meetup.com

Michael Sanders. Courtesy meetup.com

His friends said he was known as an outstanding athlete who loved climbing and had a passion for running. He not only pushed himself in these activities, but also helped others achieve their goals, which is why they nicknamed him coach.

"That was kind of a joke, but it was true he was really good at coaching," said Sorden.

Friends said he died doing what he loved, running.

Police said Sanders was jogging past a church near Hampden and Sheridan when he was hit and killed by a white SUV. The impact was so strong it knocked his shoes off.

That SUV then plowed through a backyard and inside a home. Police said a man inside the home was pinned between the SUV and a refrigerator.

Sources said the SUV belongs to former Denver Post Editor, Rowena Alegria. According to police, her husband Eduardo Alegria was driving the car. We tried to talk with the Alegria's, but no one was home.

Police continue to investigate why the driver lost control of his car. No charges have been filed against the driver, but the District Attorney's Office may review the case and file charges later.