Colorado 115 fatal hit-and-run suspect had stopped to help crash victims

Published: December 11, 2013, 8:00 pm

by andrea sinclair -

A fatal hit-and-run on Colorado 115 in El Paso County on Sunday occurred after a roadside confrontation between a man who had stopped to help and the driver of a car that had crashed, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Jesse David Plouvier, 21, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and accidents involving death. He remained in the El Paso County jail on a $100,000 bond on Wednesday, court records show.

A multi-agency investigation shed light on the events leading to the death of Ian Saj, 33, of Brush, a passenger in a rollover wreck that happened about 2:45 a.m. near mile marker 38, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Eric Zachareas.

Saj and two other people in the vehicle, who were uninjured, climbed from the wreckage to Highway 115 near Glenrock Drive and tried to flag drivers for help. One person stopped to offer assistance, but the driver of the rollover car, Randy Hardin, 26, of Colorado Springs, was confrontational, Zachareas said.

“Then a second driver, identified as Plouvier, stopped to try to help and Hardin got into an argument with him,” Zachareas said. “Plouvier left the scene after the confrontation, driving northbound on Highway 115.”

Plouvier traveled a short distance, made a U-turn and drove back toward the wreckand allegedly struck Saj, throwing him down an embankment, Zachareas said. Saj was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Zachareas, the first driver who stopped to help witnessed the altercation between Plouvier and Hardin and called 911 as he was leaving the area.

“We’ve been in contact with him, and while he didn’t see the hit-and-run happen, he helped us identify the vehicle and get a better understanding of the events.”

Following the execution of a search warrant at Plouvier’s home in Florence, authorities caught up with him at a residence in Canon City and he was taken into custody without incident, the statement read.

Hardin was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Zachareas said.