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BMW eviscerated in crash at end of high-speed chase in Fort Collins, victim identified

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A picture on Sunday night shows what’s left of a BMW that took Larimer County deputies on a high speed chase Sunday morning.

To sum it up: Not much.

The crash took the life of a 20-year-old man. And the damage was so extensive that deputies initially had no idea how many people were in the silver sedan after the crash, which took place around 12:30 a.m.

On Monday morning the Larimer County Coroner identified the 20-year-old victim as Miguel Perez-Romero.

The chase started when deputies approached a vehicle that was blocking traffic near the intersection of Snow Mesa Drive and Harmony Road in southeast Fort Collins. After seeing the emergency lights on the deputy’s vehicle, the driver sped west on harmony at speeds that exceeded 100 mph, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Though deputies lost sight of the vehicle, photos eventually snapped by the Fort Collins Police showed how the chase concluded.

Those photos show what used to be a bus stop in front of the tree that the BMW struck. There wasn’t anything left of the bus stop after the vehicle plowed through it.

By the morning, the mess was cleaned up. But the light gave a better picture of what happened moments before the car hit the tree.

The BMW first hit a concrete median as it headed west. It then crossed over into eastbound traffic, where the driver lost control as the car hit two trees and the bus stop at a high rate of speed.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said high speeds and wet roads played a major role in the crash.