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Open container of alcohol found in car involved in deadly head-on collision on Santa Fe, affidavit states

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Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-29 12:12:24-04

DENVER – An opened container of alcohol was found inside the vehicle of the man accused of killing two people and injuring three others in a head-on collision on South Santa Fe Drive late Saturday night, according to a probable cause statement in the case.

Jose Gonzalez Vazquez, 24, was driving a truck southbound in the northbound lanes of South Santa Fe Drive at around 11:53 p.m. on Saturday when he crashed head-into in an SUV, killing 28-year-old Matthew Melchi, the driver of the vehicle, as well as a 27-year-old Brittany, who was pronounced dead at a hospital sometime later, according to police documents.

A passenger in Vazquez’s truck, 33-year-old San Pablo Gonzalez Gutierrez, suffered serious bodily injuries, the probable cause statement reads.

The affidavit states a respiratory therapist at Denver Health smelled the odor of an alcohol drink on Vazquez’s breath, and investigators at the scene of the crash also found an open container of alcohol in the man’s vehicle.

Vazquez is being held at the Denver Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide and DUI charges, court documents show.

Editors note on July 27 at 5:50 p.m.: This story has been updated with the name of the unidentified woman who died sometime later after the crash.