2 Killed In Hampden Avenue Crash

Vehicle Went Airborne, Landed In Shopping Center Parking Lot

A couple in their 70s were killed instantly when their white Hyundai went airborne and landed upside down in the parking lot of the Towne Center of Englewood shopping center Monday afternoon.

The couple was identified Tuesday as James and Eunice Leasure.

The Leasures were in the far left lane, going west on West Hampden Avenue, near Santa Fe, when their vehicle unexpectedly swerved across two lanes of traffic, Englewood police Sgt. Brad Johnson said.

The vehicle sideswiped a tree, hit a curb and flew over a line of parked cars before it landed on its roof, killing the driver and his passenger, Johnson said.

"We heard this loud crash and boom, boom, boom and I thought it was construction," an eyewitness said. "And I looked behind us and this car is flipped over backwards and it just crashed right before our eyes."

Two vehicles in the parking lot were also damaged.

Two cases of Budweiser and a 1.75 liter bottle of whiskey were strewn nearby.

One lane of westbound Hampden was closed but reopened before the evening commute.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Johnson said speed was not a factor.

The crash occurred five minutes before 2 p.m.

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