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Woman killed in Highlands Ranch rollover crash identified

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- A woman who was killed in an early-morning crash after nearly plowing into a Highlands Ranch home has been identified.

The Douglas County Coroner's Office said 58-year-old Teresa Hood of Highlands Ranch died in the crash just after 2 a.m.

Douglas County Sheriff deputies said investigators have ruled out speed as a factor in the crash.

“Come out back and we just see this car,” said Bowen Shouse, who was jolted out of bed. “Heard the big bang of it hitting the house."

Startled, he and his family awoke to find their shed demolished and a crumpled car just a few feet from their bedroom.

“We said call 911, call 911,” Shouse said.

Investigators said Hood was traveling south on University Boulevard when she lost control, tore down a fence and plowed though a deck and multiple yards near Cresthill Lane.

Neighbor Ken Dale said this is an all-too-familiar scene.

“There’s a lot of accidents on that stretch almost on a weekly basis,” Dale said.

He said drivers have slammed through his fence three separate times.

“We don’t want cars in our backyards. We don’t want people crashing through our fences and going through the expense,” Dale said.

A Douglas County sheriff's sergeant said while University is a high-volume traffic area, it’s not a spot prone to accidents.

But Dale disagrees and he wants to see more law enforcement patrolling the area before another tragedy hits.

“These major arteries are a problem. That’s where I would like to see enforcement stepped up,” Dale said.

Hood was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled for later Tuesday to determine the cause of death.

No other injuries were reported. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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