Alcohol suspected in fatal Douglas County rollover crash

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — alcohol use is suspected to be a factor in a rollover crash that killed a 19-year-old man and injured another 19-year-old, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

A sheriff’s deputy came upon the single-vehicle crash on Perry Park Road just north of Dakan Road south of Castle Rock about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

A man, later identified as 19-year-old Mitch Anderson of Larkspur, was pronounced dead at the scene about 3 a.m. The sheriff’s office said it’s believed Anderson was ejected from the vehicle.

About three hours later, deputies found a 19-year-old who was a passenger in the vehicle. He was injured and wandered from the accident scene.

He was taken to a hospital to be treated for unknown injuries. His condition is not known.

After an investigation, 19-year-old Benjamin Beplay of Larkpur and 18-year-old Dawson Dwernychuk of Larkspur were charged for minor in possession.

Officials said the two were with Anderson earlier on Monday.

“Seeing a tragic event like this, that could have been avoided and prevented, is heart breaking,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.