Driver killed by deer on I-70, troopers say

Investigators were still trying to figure out Thursday night why a 47-year-old man from Denver died after a collision with a car on Interstate 70 in Wheat Ridge.

Carl Titch and Steve LaFontaine were crossing the highway around 3:30 p.m. Thursday when they were hit by a car near the intersection of Sheridan Boulevard, said Mike Whitacre, a spokesman for Wheat Ridge police.

The driver of the car, 60-year-old David Wolfe, told police he believed he hit a deer, according to a press release from the Wheat Ridge Police Department. Witnesses to the crash reported that there was no evidence of a deer in the area.

Steven Schetschneider, a 51-year-old man from St. Louis, Missouri, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, the release stated. He was taken to United Hospital in Centennial and transferred to Porter Adventist Hospital in Englewood, which is closest to the scene of the crash.

Police closed eastbound I-70 in both directions for about six hours while the accident was investigated, and reopened the roadway around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

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