Witness recounts crash that killed 11-month-old in Commerce City; alcohol suspected to be factor

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A 11-month-old girl has died following a single-vehicle crash in Commerce City on Saturday, police said on Sunday morning.

The child died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash that happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 6500 block of East 80th Avenue, Commerce City police said.

Police said the vehicle was traveling westbound on the road when it struck a parked vehicle.

Augustine Torrez was hanging out with his family in their backyard when they heard the crash. The impact sent the parked truck into his front yard, and the driver's car across the street. Torrez says he rushed to see if anyone was hurt.

"I looked over and the baby was bleeding, and all I could think of was get the baby out of there," Torrez said. "I had blood all the way down my arm, everywhere, and it’s something you don’t want to see. Ever. It’s scary. I’ve got kids of my own, I just can’t even imagine it."

Police said that the driver, an adult female, and the driver’s daughter were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The child later died at the hospital. The mother remains hospitalized.

The cause of the crash is unknown but police say alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor.

"The wreck was so bad that it threw her to the passenger seat and she was just sleeping. She was snoring the whole time," Torrez said. "I was looking over there, there’s no skid marks from her trying to stop or nothing."

Police are continuing to investigate.

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