SUV hits, kills jogger on West Hampden frontage road

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By Emile Hallez

An out-of-control SUV struck and killed a man who was jogging Sunday near the LifeSource Adventist Fellowship church along the West Hampden Avenue frontage road.

Denver police responded about 12:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday, finding a trail of tire tracks that veered off the road, led through a wooden fence and into the back of a home in the 3500 block of South Harlan Street. The jogger was pronounced dead at the scene, and a man found pinned between a wall in his home and the SUV was treated for minor injuries before being released from a local hospital.

The Denver coroner’s office identified the jogger as Michael A. Sanders, 45.

The driver of the white Honda Pilot, who has not been identified, was also treated for minor injuries and was not arrested or charged in connection with the incident at press time. Authorities are continuing to investigate the accident, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

“The individual for some reason came off the roadway and struck a man who was jogging, and the vehicle finally came to rest by running into a house,” Jackson said. “We’re not sure exactly why the individual left the roadway. … We are looking at possibly a medical issue.”

Denver police will present information from the investigation to the Denver district attorney’s Office, Jackson said.