Wife to police: Husband jumped to death from vehicle during fight

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A man was killed after his wife said he jumped out of a moving vehicle at West 10th Avenue and South Garrison Street in Lakewood on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The vehicle hit power poles, cutting off electricity to about 1,700 customers in the area.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A man jumped from a moving vehicle during a fight with his wife and later died late Thursday night, the Lakewood Police Department said.

Police were called about 11:40 p.m. on a report of a man lying in a lane of traffic on South Garrison Street near West 10th Avenue. When police arrived, they saw damage to power poles and traffic signals in the intersection, but no vehicle that could have caused the damage.

The man was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later.

Detectives were able to find the man’s wife, who said the two had been arguing as they were traveling on Garrison Street. She said her husband jumped out of the moving vehicle.

She said she was trying to control the vehicle when the power poles and traffic signals were hit. The damaged vehicle was found several blocks away.

The crash remains under investigation and is pending toxicology reports to determine if drugs and/or alcohol were involved.

The names and ages of the man and woman will not be released until the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has notified next of kin and pending any arrest or charges.

Power was knocked out to about 1,700 Xcel Energy customers but was restored by 8:30 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lakewood police at 303-987-7111.


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