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


9 COMMENTS

  1. So sorry to hear about Gene, your brother. OUR condolences go out to you and your Family.

  2. So sorry to hear about your brother i will be keeping your family in my prayers if you need anything call me497 2187 your friend always Karen Handy

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

  4. 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!!

  5. R.I.P Gene lost but never forgotten so glad I had the honor to know you growing up your an amazing person sending all my love and prayers to your loved ones. Thank you for all you have done for those you love including your country it is not un recognized anyone who new you were blessed one way or another R.I.P.

  6. Gene you will definitely be missed my brother. So sad to hear that you passed on because of someone’s mistake. But now you were in a better place. And I would like to thank you for serving your country and being a great man to this country and your family. You have definitely touched the lives of many and this is too soon for you to go. I will keep your family in my prayers and now you are with God only he knows why he called you home buddy. To his family members I had the privilege of growing up with him in high school along with his brother Charlie. And I’m very proud to have known him.

  7. Gene you will definitely be missed my brother. So sad to hear that you passed on because of someone’s mistake. But now you were in a better place. And I would like to thank you for serving your country and being a great man to this country and your family. You have definitely touched the lives of many and this is too soon for you to go. I will keep your family in my prayers and now you are with God only he knows why he called you home buddy. To his family members I had the privilege of growing up with him in high school along with his brother Charlie. And I’m very proud to have known him.

  8. Gene my brother, it was such a pleasure to have known you in your Earthly/Fleshly existence. You were such a humble young man, and I truly appreciate the Deep conversations we had during our youth. My heart is broken, but I truly thank God for the time that I had with you. I’m sending my prayers to Charlie and the rest of the Miller family. You are gone but definitely not forgotten Rest in paradise & power my brother!

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