Jesse Plouvier accused of running over, killing accident victim he initially stopped to help
Vehicular homicide allegations don't get much more bizarre than the one aimed at 21-year-old Jess Plouvier.
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The El Paso County Sheriff's Office believes Plouvier is responsible for the death of Ian Saj, 33. However, a separate accident involving Saj and two friends preceded the fatal one -- and it appears that Plouvier initially pulled over and offered to help before an altercation spiraled into tragedy. Get the specifics of this tangled tale below.
According to the EPCSO, the tragedy in question took place during the early morning hours of December 8 on Highway 115 near Glenrock Drive, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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Along that stretch, a car occupied by three people -- Saj and Randy Hardin among them -- slid off the roadway and overturned. At that time, none of the occupants was badly hurt, and they were able to scale the embankment, return to the highway and attempt to flag down passing vehicles.
Before long, Plouvier stopped -- and CBS4 reports that he seemingly did so with the intention of assisting the men. But something went wrong, with Plouvier and Hardin reportedly getting into what the EPCSO describes as a "physical altercation."
In the end, Plouvier refused to give the men a ride and drove off, leaving the trio to try and find someone else more willing to give aid. But instead, Saj was hit and killed by a car that soon vanished.
Here's a photo of Saj, a Brush resident, from his Facebook page, which has become a de facto memorial for him...
Our condolences to Saj's friends, family and loved ones.
So how did attention for the hit-and-run turn back to Plouvier?
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