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.
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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