Brighton man, William Lemke, killed in 3-vehicle crash

Police: Lemke's SUV caused chain-reaction crash

BRIGHTON, Colo. - Brighton police say a 64-year-old man was killed Thursday in a three-vehicle crash that scattered debris over four blocks of a residential street.

At about 11:53 a.m., William Lemke was driving a Ford Explorer westbound in the 1600 block of Southern Street when his SUV rear-ended a silver Dodge pickup causing the Dodge to rear-end a white Volkswagen, police said.

Lemke's Explorer kept accelerating west as it veered off the left side of the roadway, hitting a light pole, a privacy fence and a wooden shed. The Explorer became airborne, rotated one-quarter turn and landed on its driver's side, police said.

Lemke, a Brighton resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

No one in the other vehicles were injured, including the Dodge pickup's male driver and Volkswagen's female driver and two young child passengers.

Police said the cause of Lemke's death has not been determined and the cause of the chain-reaction crash remains under investigation.

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