On November 10, 2022, the driver of the Colorado Springs Fire Department truck was charged with negligent driving resulting in death, a traffic offense. The driver has been identified as Wesley Cosgrove.
Original press release
At 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2022, a citizen called to report a man attempting to start a fire at Dorchester Park at 1130 S. Nevada Ave. to kindle. Colorado Springs Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and quickly discovered a CSFD brush truck was needed because a fire broke out in the park on a stump and the CSFD engine was too large to go off the road.
A CSFD brush truck, designed to help fight fires at such locations, responded with the engine at the scene. The brush wagon attempted to enter the park along the southeast corner of the park. Because the old parking lot was closed, the truck headed south from the lot where the park and curb meet. This area has been driven multiple times and is therefore dirt. Where the worn dirt path and grassy area meet, debris consisting of blankets and other items lay on the ground. The brush truck attempted to turn west in that area. As the brush truck turned, it struck the victim, Margaret Miller, who was lying on the ground under the items.
CSFD staff immediately exited the truck to take life-saving measures, but the woman died as a result of her injuries. CSFD also requested a response from the Colorado Springs Police Department, which responded to the scene. The Major Crash Team was called in and took over the investigation. This is an ongoing investigation.
This is still an active investigation and anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000. or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.
Original blotter entry
At 3:03 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 2022, members of the Colorado Springs Police Department, Gold Hill Division, were contacted regarding a possible traffic accident in Dorchester Park. Upon arriving in the area, a Colorado Springs City Fire Department vehicle was found responding to reports of a stump burning into the park. As the fire department vehicle entered the park, their vehicle made contact with a person. When members of the CSFD went out to check on the person, the person was deceased. Due to the nature of the crash, members of the CSPD Major Crash Team were dispatched to the scene to further the investigation.