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Video: Karen Sanders crushed to death by her own truck in bizarre Arvada accident

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Video below.
The death of Arvada resident Karen Sanders, 54, is a reminder to all of us about how quickly a freakish occurrence can end a life.

It's hard to say with certainty exactly what happened. But it appears Sanders was crushed between the door of her truck and the frame of her garage when the vehicle moved in reserve -- and when authorities arrived, it was still trying to back up. Details, video and a map of the area below.

The Colorado State Patrol is heading up the inquiry, which at first seems counter-intuitive, given that the incident took place in a community, not on a highway. But according to 9News, the CSP took control because the truck was still moving when local officers arrived, necessitating the investigatory shift.

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Another look at the accident scene from overhead.
According to Trooper Nate Reid, the CSP's public-information officer, a family member found Sanders' body just prior to 2 p.m. yesterday at her residence, 7646 Indiana Street. Her garage had two entry points, and the truck, a Dodge, was backing out of the right side when she was trapped between the driver's side door and the framing that separated the garage's bays.

In the release, Reid notes that "it is unclear at this time why the vehicle was in reverse while Sanders was outside of the vehicle."

Perhaps she thought she'd put it in park and stepped out, only to be caught inside the door as the truck moved backward. Or maybe there was a mechanical flaw that caused the shift. At any rate, the vehicle didn't appear to be moving at a high rate of speed, which makes what happened to Sanders, who's said to have been beloved by her neighbors, even more disturbing.

The crash remains under investigation. In the meantime, our condolences to Sanders's friends, family and loved ones.

Look below to see the 9News report, followed by an interactive graphic of the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Any possibility of suing Toyota & or the dealer ???

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"CSP took control because the truck was still moving when local officers arrived, necessitating the investigatory shift."

"OMG Joe! That's a moving vehicle. This is a job for the [dum dum dum] Highway Patrol!"

What kind of idiot bureaucrat wrote this requirement, and how much extra time did it take the CHP to get there? I'm thinking the vehicle couldn't be "moving" faster than a snail's pace, if there was time to call in the CHP.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"But it appears Sanders was crushed between the door of her truck and the frame of her garage when the vehicle moved in reserve -- and when authorities arrived, it was still trying to back up. Details, video and a map of the area below."

How is it that the vehicle "moved in reserve," or is that a mystery too?

Danny Ferguson
Danny Ferguson

Very sad indeed. Terrible accidents can happen to anyone. This was horrible.

Shannon Moore
Shannon Moore

Very sad. Once again goes to show when it's your time, it's your time. There's no escaping. RIP.

Chris Varner
Chris Varner

People are in the habit of not using their parking brake, trusting that the Park position of the shifter will keep the vehicle from moving. If only people would get in the habit of using the parking brake IN ADDITION to putting the gear in Park. Sad story.

Faycless
Faycless

Lots of theories on this. But maybe, just maybe, she did think the car was in park when she got out???  As this happened in her garage, was this next sentence really necessary? "At any rate, the vehicle didn't appear to be moving at a high rate of speed, which makes what happened to Sanders, who's said to have been beloved by her neighbors, even more disturbing".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident

The Colorado State Patrol was established in 1935 as a division of the Colorado Department of Highways. The agency was originally known as the Colorado State Highway Courtesy Patrol. It was one of only four law enforcement agencies then existing in the state of Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol derives its authority from legislative mandate, often referred to as the Patrol Act. It was enacted by the Colorado General Assembly in April, 1935, despite strong opposition by the public. At the time, the idea of creating a state-wide law enforcement agency with broad authority did not sit well with the public, particularly with members of organized labor groups. Similarly, other state law enforcement officers complained that their authority and jurisdiction would be endangered. 

To soothe public apprehensions, the legislature carefully outlined the powers of patrolmen in the Patrol Act. The original Act specified that "it shall be their duty to promote safety, protect human life and preserve the highways of Colorado by the intelligent, courteous, and strict enforcement of the laws and regulation of this state relating to highways." Courtesy thus became the backbone of the Colorado State Patrol. 

hth.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident Doesn't explain why the cops can't handle a car in a garage without their oversight.

The CHP who wrote my wife a ticket for careless driving when the sidewall blew out on her tire and nearly killed her wasn't very intelligent or courteous. I stared him down and told him he was a big disappointment. She beat the bullshit ticket in court, too.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident There was no bad driving. There was no "search." The CHP was pwnt in court.

BTW, Einstein, FYI, you don't inherit genetics from your spouse.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "The CHP who wrote my wife a ticket for careless driving ..."

So bad driving runs in your family. Was she deliberately speeding like you do?

Did she consent to have the vehicle searched?


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