Reckless Driver in Ford Expedition Crashes into Two Vehicles and Mattress Store, Kills 5 in Thornton, Colorado

Police say an SUV careening through rush-hour traffic slammed into a car and went airborne, landing on top of a pickup truck and killing five people in suburban Denver.

Thornton police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 5:50 pm. Thursday to a crash at 84th Avenue and Grant Street. A Ford Expedition clipped a Mazda DX sedan before the intersection and hit a concrete raised median, went airborne and landed on a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, killing five people in the truck.

The Ford Expedition rolled on its side after the impact with the pickup truck and slid through the front glass window of an Urban Mattress store. One person in the store was injured by flying glass.

The woman driving the Expedition, Monica Chavez, 33, was injured and hospitalized. Her six-year-old son and ten-year-old daughter were also hospitalized.

The driver of the Mazda DX was also hospitalized.

Killed in the pickup truck were adults Randy and Crystaldawn Stollsteimer and their sons Sebastion, 12; Darrian, 8; and Cyrus, 6.

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