Police said there were “multiple fatalities” in a crash near the intersection of Harmony Rd. and Boardwalk Drive that happened Thursday morning.
John Nees, 55, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Nicole Nees, 38, of Fort Collins, were killed on impact following the crash, according to the Larimer County Coroner.
Fort Collins police spokesperson Brandon Barnes said in a video posted to the department’s Twitter account that the crash involved a suspicious vehicle officers had been called to check out nearby not long beforehand.
Barnes said officers were called about the suspicious vehicle that was near the intersection of Arctic Fox Drive and Caribou Drive Thursday morning — near English Ranch Park. But when the officers arrived, the vehicle fled the scene. Barnes said officers did not pursue it.
Shortly afterward, around 10:30 a.m., the vehicle was involved in the crash that killed the Nees. Barnes said the driver of the suspect vehicle was taken into police custody.
Photos from the scene show a car and a pickup truck were involved in the crash and that another flatbed pickup had run into a nearby building.
Dallas Schleining told Denver7 it was hit flatbed truck that was the "suspicious vehicle" involved in the crash and said it was stolen from his cattle feed lot near Ault sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
In a news release Friday, police confirmed the burglary and the fatal crash were connected. The firearms in the vehicle matched the description of those stolen during the burglary.
That information was confirmed by investigators, who said Friday the truck was stolen from Weld County.
"My wife actually parked it there last night about 4 o'clock and I was there at 5:30 this morning and I don't think it happened after that, so sometime between those hours it must've gone missing," Schleining said.
"I wasn't really sure what to expect. the officer told me the pickup was probably totaled but I expected it to look worse than it did," Schleining said.
"I'm not really sure. I'm curious about who stole the vehicle … It was obviously sitting there. We're a pretty good-sized operation and just to have something like that going missing puts a lot of questions in my mind, for sure," he said.
CBS4 learned the stolen truck was possibly involved in smash-and-grab at a local pawn shop earlier in the morning, in which guns were stolen. However, Fort Collins police would not confirm or deny those reports.
Truck involved in deadly Ft. Collins accident appears to be the same vehicle used in a pawn shop smash-and-grab. Here's photos from both incidents. Three rifles were stolen from pawn shop. pic.twitter.com/1ssm3zTPbg
On Friday, police confirmed the stolen truck was the same one involved in a smash-and-grab gun robbery that happened at a Fort Collins pawn shop around 3:30 a.m., after firearms inside the truck matched the ones stolen during the burglary.
The 19-year-old suspect, Marcos Orozco, survived and was later arrested. Police say he had multiple outstanding warrants. His mugshot has not been provided by authorities.
A 55-year-old Cedar Rapids, Iowa, man and his 38-year-old daughter have been identified as the victims of a deadly vehicle crash Thanksgiving morning in Fort Collins that led to the arrest of a suspect on several charges, including eluding police.
The Larimer County coroner said Saturday that John Nees of Cedar Rapids and daughter Nicole Nees of Fort Collins died at the scene of the crash at the intersection of East Harmony Road and Boardwalk Drive. The father was visiting family members in Fort Collins and was a high school math teacher at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, according to media reports.
Marcos Orozco, 19, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of second-degree burglary, vehicular eluding, aggravated motor vehicle theft and violation of bail terms, according to Fort Collins police. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal collision is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.
Orozco is suspected of stealing a flatbed truck from a man’s cattle feed lot near Ault late Wednesday or early Thursday. Police said he drove the truck into a pawnshop in the 2900 block of South College Avenue in Fort Collins just after 3:30 a.m. Thursday, stole several weapons, and fled the scene.
About 9:45 a.m. police were called about a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Caribou Drive and Arctic Fox Drive on a report that several firearms were seen inside the truck, police said. Orozco fled the scene after police confronted him.
Orozco allegedly then caused the crash that killed John and Nicole Nees a few minutes later, police said.