One killed after car drives off Foothills Parkway into pond

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BOULDER, Colo. -- One person died a car drove off U.S. 36 into a pond early Sunday morning, the Colorado State Patrol said.

State Patrol got the call at 7: 40 a.m. about a car submerged in a retention pond off U.S. 36 and Foothills Parkway.

The Ford Taurus was traveling southbound on Foothills Parkway trying to get onto eastbound U.S. 36 when the driver lost control on the turn and went into the pond, investigators said.

The pond is not deep, but the vehicle submerged, making it more difficult to pull out the victim. But it wouldn’t have mattered because the male victim was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the hospital.

“That pond is really secluded,” resident Bernice German said.

“It appears the vehicle was heading southbound on Foothills Parkway, failed to negotiate the turn heading eastbound on Highway 36 and went off the roadway over the bike path and into the pond,” Trooper Tim Sutherland said.

Sutherland said investigators don’t know how long the victim had been in the water because no one saw the accident.  But it did make recovery more difficult.

“With the freezing weather we had last night and this morning, it’s tough,” Sutherland said.

Rocky Mountain Fire was called in to try to save the driver.  Boulder Fire’s dive team helped get the car out of the water. Residents can’t understand how the accident could have happened.

“I’ve lived here for 25 years. I'm sure I've done that turn thousands of times. It doesn’t seem any more dangerous or unsafe than another,” German said.

But troopers said any drive can turn dangerous in an unguarded moment.

“Make sure when driving you’re paying attention to the roadways, and you’re not distracted or have other interference in the car with you,” Sutherland said.

State Patrol said it is investigating how fast the car was going when it missed the turn and whether alcohol or drugs played a part.

The victim was identified by Boulder officials on Monday as Andrew MacLean from Boulder.  The cause and manner of his death are pending further investigation by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.

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