BOULDER, Colo. –
Boulder police suspect that a driver killed early Monday morning after his passenger van hit a milk-delivery truck might have been drunk, according to police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley.
The accident happened at 1:40 a.m. Monday at the intersection of 28th Street and Jay Road, she said.
The driver was identified as Gerardo Ochoa-Lopez. His age and hometown weren’t available Monday.
The milk-truck driver, Bryan Heltsley, was treated at the scene for minor injuries then released, Huntley said. A passenger in the van, Samuel Borjon-Caldera, was hospitalized with serious and possibly life-threatening injuries, Huntley said.
He remains in critical condition, she said.
According to investigators, the van was headed north on 28th Street when it hit the milk truck, which was turning left onto the street from west-bound Jay Road.
Huntley said Ochoa-Lopez was pinned behind the wheel and had to be extricated. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later, she said.
Huntley said that a taxi driver who came upon the accident shortly after it occurred reported that the traffic lights were out. It’s unclear whether the lights were out before the accident or if the wreck caused the outage, Huntley said.
The intersection remained closed for about three hours to allow for significant clean-up, Huntley said. Milk crates and cartons were thrown from the truck, she said.