Red Light Runner Kills Deer Valley Graduate, US Army Veteran in Colorado

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A man was cited Wednesday after running a red light and killing a man in Colorado.

The deceased male was identified by family as Gene Miller, 31, who graduated from Deer Valley High School in 2004 and lived in Antioch until 2012. He was a retired veteran of the United States Army and was stationed in both Korea and  Afghanistan during his time in the service.

He was killed while returning home from the Veterans Affairs Office.

According to Colorado Springs Police, the incident occurred on September 6 at 2:22 pm where a two car crash at the intersection of Platte Ave. and Powers Blvd. Upon arrival officers found the driver of one of the vehicles was deceased. The Major Accident Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation into this collision.

It was determined that a dark colored Honda sedan was turning westbound onto Platte Ave. from northbound Powers Blvd. under a green light when it was struck by a white Dodge pickup truck traveling eastbound through the intersection. Witnesses stated the Dodge had a red light at the time of the crash.

Excessive speeds, alcohol, and drugs are not considered factors in the crash. The driver of the truck is identified as Javier Munoz-Zambrana, a 42 year old Colorado Springs man. He was cited for careless driving involving a death along with running a red light. No other parties were injured.

Miller was engaged and to be married in November. He was also one of eight kids and was a twin.

According to a family member, “Gene loved God, his family, and his country more than anything. He was always there to help out a friend or family member when they needed it. His nieces and nephews loved him tremendously and thought he was just the funniest guy ever. He will be forever loved and missed.”

Police said this was the 26th traffic related fatality in Colorado Springs this year.

Photos provided by family

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  1. This is so sad. This family lost another son two years ago this October. This is beyond tragic. My heart just breaks for them.

  2. Gene was as great of a man that any man could hope to be! I would have been, VERY SOON, to be his future Father-In-Law. Gene & our daughter, Angela, were the perfect examples of what the younger generation should strive to become. Gene did everything right. In May 2017 he privately asked me for Angela’s hand in marriage. At first I could hardly believe that he was doing something that is so rare in this world today. Secondly, I could hardly say yes fast enough! He said that he has loved Angela for a long time & that he would provide for her, & protect her for the rest of her life. About a month later he flew to Colorado Springs to see Angela from San Antonio where he was based at & got down on one knee & proposed to her. Everything about Gene impressed me. Gene & Angela strategically planned their live’s together very well. Angela just received her B.S.N. & Gene mentioned going back to school also. Now our hearts go out to the Miller Family, our daughter Angela, & all of those who love Gene. It still all remains a bad dream. But, we know that he is now securely in the arms of Jesus! And some day the same Lord that he rests in will be the same Lord that we will be gathered together with. Gene, we love you, Roger & Cindy Roe. Until we meet again! God’s blessings on all who read this!!

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