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Police: 2 killed, teen injured by possibly distracted driver

8:29 PM, Mar 31, 2012   |    comments
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THORNTON - Officers believe a driver who hit three people on Saturday, killing two and sending one to the hospital, might have been distracted before the crash.

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Thornton Police Department spokesperson Matt Barnes says three people - two adults and a teen - were walking east along the shoulder in the 3500 block of 168th Avenue around 1:45 p.m. Saturday when a Toyota pick-up veered off the right side of the road, hitting the people.

Two adult men died at the scene, Barnes says, and a male teen was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition.

Their names have not been released.

Barnes says the driver, 33-year-old Michael James Grennan, has been taken into custody for investigation of careless driving involving death. Barnes says the preliminary investigations indicate Grennan may have been distracted by a cellphone. They do not suspect speed, alcohol or drugs to be factors in the crash.

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