Driver arrested after running from 3-car crash that left 7 hurt in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A driver believed to have caused a three-car crash in Colorado Springs ran from the scene but was arrested Sunday afternoon, the Colorado Springs Police Department said.

The crash happened about 2:30 a.m. at North Academy Boulevard and Constitution Avenue, police said.

Police said a dark-colored Ford pickup truck was heading east on Constitution at a high rate of speed when it ran a red light and crashed into a white Volkswagen that was traveling south on Academy.

The Volkswagen was then hit by a dark-colored Hyundai, which was also heading south on Academy.

The driver of the pickup truck ran from the scene before officers arrived. Police later identified him as 23-year-old Daniel Aaron Simpson.

Two people in the Volkswagen had to be cut out of the vehicle by emergency crews, police said. In video captured by KRDO, the vehicle was so damaged that it is nearly unrecognizable.

Seven people went to the hospital, according to investigators. Two are being treated for serious injuries, and five were treated and released.

At about 1:20 p.m. Sunday, officers found Simpson in the 4800 block of Escapardo Way and arrested him, police said.

He was charged with vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident, among other charges.