Nicholas Villarini, who allegedly killed two in Brighton police pursuit, is charged with murder

A driver who allegedly killed two people while fleeing police in Brighton has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder among other charges.

Nicholas Villarini, 27, is also charged with first-degree assault and vehicular eluding, both felonies, according to the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.

Villarini was allegedly driving a stolen car on Oct. 26 with police in pursuit when he ran a stop sign, hitting another car and killing a passenger, before hitting a pedestrian who also died at a local hospital, police said.

Gustavo Mosqueda Ortega, 25, of Montrose and Dulce Castro Perez, 21, of Hudson were killed, the Adams County Coroner’s Office told TheDenverChannel.

The incident unfolded at about 11:20 a.m. when officers went to the area of Gaviota Avenue and Goldfinch Street on a report of a “suspicious vehicle,” a police news release said. Officers “learned” that the vehicle was being stolen and the suspect driver “rammed” an officer’s vehicle.

The pursuit lasted about two minutes, police said. A 25-year-old woman in the stolen car was also treated at the hospital for injuries.

Villarini’s next scheduled court appearance is on Jan. 28.

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