Two die in early-morning crash

Driver of speeding car arrested, facing vehicular homicide charges

A Parachute man faces vehicular-homicide charges stemming from a two-vehicle accident that killed two people early Saturday morning.

Grand Junction police arrested Derrick Maxfield, 20, upon his release Saturday from St. Mary’s Hospital. They say he was the driver of a Honda Civic that smashed at high speed into a white Chevrolet pickup at the intersection of Fifth Street and North Avenue at about 1 a.m.

The pickup was carrying three passengers. One was pronounced dead at the scene, and another died later at St. Mary’s. The third remained at St. Mary’s with what police department spokeswoman Kate Porras called “pretty severe” injuries.

A Mesa County deputy sheriff had attempted to stop the Civic, of which Maxfield was the only occupant, for reckless driving in the downtown Grand Junction area moments before the crash.

Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said an accident-reconstruction team was at the scene past 9 a.m. Saturday. She said the speed Maxfield was driving “is a big question and a big factor in this crash.”

Alcohol consumption by Maxfield also is believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash, police said.

Maxfield could be charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and running a red light, according to police.

The Police Department said the names of the deceased will not be released until the Mesa County Coroner’s Office completes its investigation.

Porras said she did not know the condition of the surviving victim, but said “his injuries are pretty severe.”

The Police Department is trying to locate a witness to the crash: a white, male driver of a mid-1990s Ford F-150 pickup that was seen at the accident scene. Police said the man drove away before officers could talk to him. The pickup may have been two-tone in color.

Police also would like to speak to anyone who may have seen Maxfield in the dark-colored
Civic as he drove from the area of 29 Road and U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa to the intersection of Fifth and North.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department at 244-3557 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The 21st Judicial District’s Critical Incident Team has been brought in to investigate the accident.


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