Lakeside Amusement Park parking structure collapses after being hit by a car

The driver was fleeing a traffic stop and will be charged with felony DUI.

Structure collapse at Lakeside Amusement Park.  March 11, 2017. (Courtesy Matt Sebastian/Boulder Daily Camera)
Lakeside Amusement Park after a car ran into its parking structure, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Lakeside Amusement Park after a car ran into its parking structure, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The roof and back wall of a parking structure at Lakeside Amusement Park collapsed overnight after a man fleeing a traffic stop in Lakewood crashed his car into it.

Boulder Daily Camera editor Matt Sebastian first shared photos of the damage this morning.

Structure collapse at Lakeside Amusement Park. March 11, 2017. (Courtesy Matt Sebastian/Boulder Daily Camera)
(Courtesy Matt Sebastian/Boulder Daily Camera)

According to a press release from the Lakewood Police Department, the crash was caused by a man fleeing a traffic stop.

The driver, 33-year-old Rudolph Valentino Garcia, fled after police tried to stop him when he was seen driving recklessly near West Colfax Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. Police did not initiate a chase, as is policy. He crashed into the structure at Lakeside at around 11:40 p.m.

Garcia was taken to the hospital for his injuries and will be jailed upon his release on charges of felony eluding, felony DUI, driving as a habitual traffic offender and reckless driving.

Workers clear wreckage at Lakeside Amusement Park after a car ran into its parking structure, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Workers clear wreckage at Lakeside Amusement Park after a car ran into its parking structure. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

“The guy was traveling at a high rate of speed down northbound Sheridan and lost control and struck a parking structure,” said Mike Marchese with the Lakeside Police Department.

Staff at the park declined to discuss the incident.

This post has been updated throughout.

 

Lakeside Amusement Park after a car ran into its parking structure, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
This hole in the fence will prompt some questions about security. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Workers clear wreckage at Lakeside Amusement Park with a crane that's likely as old as the park is, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Workers clear wreckage at Lakeside Amusement Park with a crane that’s likely as old as the park is. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Lakeside Amusement Park, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Lakeside Amusement Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Lakeside Amusement Park's vintage parking sign, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Lakeside Amusement Park’s vintage parking sign. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Home of the Cyclone. Lakeside Amusement Park, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Home of the Cyclone. Lakeside Amusement Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A swings ride. Lakeside Amusement Park, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lakeside amusement park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
A swings ride. Lakeside Amusement Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Kevin J. Beaty contributed to this report.

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