LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) - An intersection in Lakewood was shut down Friday morning due to a fatal accident that damaged power poles when a man jumped from the vehicle.
Lakewood police were advised about 11:40 p.m. Thursday of a man lying in a lane of traffic on Garrison Street near the intersection of 10th Avenue. Upon arriving, damage to property was observed, as well as to a power pole.
There was no vehicle on scene that appeared to be in the accident. The injured man was transported to a hospital where he died of his injuries shortly after.
Detectives were then able to identify and locate the man's wife in a different vehicle that had been following the vehicle that crashed.
Police have since determined that the man was in a vehicle with his sister-in-law and located the SUV several blocks away. She told authorities that they had been arguing while driving and he jumped from their moving vehicle. She indicated that she was attempting to control the vehicle when the power poles and traffic signals were hit.
The incident is still under investigation and detectives are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor. The man has not been identified.
Xcel crews were scene in the early morning working to make repairs and expected the intersection to remain closed for several hours.
Power was out for 1,700 people in the area, and some traffic lights at intersection were possibly affected as well. The outage extended from 6th Avenue to Colfax, and Wadsworth to Kipling.
Power was restored as of 11 a.m.
Additional Information from Lakewood Police:
Anyone who feels they may have information that would assist detectives in their investigation is asked to call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.
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