Richard Tababi's vehicle appears to have broken down along E-470, and when he attempted to cross the highway, he was hit again and again. The Colorado State Patrol believes that at least five vehicles struck Tabibi -- and that's only an estimate. Additional details and more below.
The CSP pinpoints the location of the incident, which took place at around 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, as the southbound lanes of E-470 just north of East Quincy Avenue, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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According to the CSP, Tababi, a 33-year-old from Fort Collins, was running in a northwesterly direction when he was struck by a southbound 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup.
Tababi was knocked to the ground between the center of the road and the right land, the CSP continues -- where "at least four other vehicles" drove over him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Afterward, Tababi's disabled vehicle was found on the shoulder of the highway just north of the crash site.
The Toyota's driver, 27-year-old Anthony Peterson, stayed on the scene, and he's not expected to be charged in the case. After all, Tababi was wearing dark clothing and night had already fallen.
No promises about violations have been made about the other drivers, but it's entirely possible some, if not all, of them had no idea the bump they felt was a person. If you think you might have hit something, or if you have any other information, you're encouraged to contact the CSP at 303-239-4501.
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In the meantime, our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Richard Tababi.
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