The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that 21-year-old Jesse Plouvier (PLOO'-ve-yay) of Florence is facing charges of vehicular homicide after the hit-and-run incident early Sunday south of Colorado Springs.
He is accused of killing 33-year-old Ian Saj (SAJ) of Brush, Colo., a passenger who had survived the wreck.
Authorities say they're baffled by the events. Trooper Josh Lewis said it started when a call came in about the rollover. Before troopers arrived, all three of the vehicle's occupants got out unhurt and climbed an embankment to flag down help.
Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Kramer said one motorist stopped to help, and drove away after getting into an argument with the driver of the wrecked vehicle, Randy S. Hardin, 26, of Colorado Springs.
That's when Plouvier came along on his way home and saw the wrecked car. Plouvier turned around and stopped to offer help, and he also got into a dispute with the driver, Kramer said.
"That's when it got physical. Plouvier got back in his car, drove off, turned around and headed back home," Kramer said.
Saj was later struck and killed. Plouvier was arrested after authorities served a search warrant at Plouvier's home looking for a vehicle with damage to a left front headlamp and front bumper after receiving a tip.
Authorities wouldn't say whether alcohol played a role in the events.
Kramer said no other charges have been filed while the homicide investigation continues.
No attorney was listed for Plouvier in court files, and Plouvier could not be located for comment. There is no phone number listed for Hardin.
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