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CSP: Brakes were working on SUV that hit, killed 2

The Subaru SUV hit and killed two construction workers on South Broadway near C-470 on Nov. 20.

The Subaru SUV hit and killed two construction workers on South Broadway near C-470 on Nov. 20.

DENVER — The Colorado State Patrol has determined that the brakes were working on a SUV that hit and killed two construction workers on South Broadway near C-470 last week.

The Subaru SUV being driven by Thomas Garrity, 74, of Bellvue Neb., was westbound on C-470 and was exiting onto Broadway when he lost control and hit the two construction workers. It’s not yet known why Garrity lost control.

The crash killed Jesus Villalobos, 27, from Brighton and Joe Schwartz, 47, from Morrison.

CDOT spokesman Stacey Stegman said the men were contract employees working for Concrete Works of Colorado. They are the first employees to be killed on the job in the company’s history.

Investigators wanted to know if the brakes on the SUV were working properly at the time of the crash. In a statement released Tuesday CSP spokesman Trooper Nate Reid said “The CSP believes that the brakes on the vehicle were in good working order at the time of the crash.”

Garrtiy has been cited for careless driving causing death and will be summoned to appear in court. Reid did not say what additional charges, if any, he will face.