Drugs, alcohol ruled out in accident that killed jogger

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Michael Sanders. Courtesy meetup.com

Michael Sanders. Courtesy meetup.com

DENVER – Investigators say drugs and alcohol were not factors in an accident that killed a jogger Sunday.

Denver Police say Eduardo Duarte-Alegria, 42, lost control of his SUV on a frontage road parallel to West Hampden Avenue, striking Michael Sanders, 45.

Michael Sanders. Courtesy meetup.com

Michael Sanders. Courtesy meetup.com

Sanders died at the scene.

Investigators say Duarte-Alegria was driving at a high rate of speed when he swerved to avoid hitting another car. At that point the vehicle left the road, hit Sanders on the sidewalk, and continued across the lawn of a church and crashed into a home.

Duarte-Alegria was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  A victim from inside the house suffered minor injuries.

“The facts of the case will be presented to Denver District Attorney to determine if charges are warranted,” said Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson.

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