2 Toddlers Survive Deadly Aurora Wreck

Police Suspect Driver Was Drunk, Speeding

Aurora police think a man was driving drunk and speeding when he crashed into Del Mar Park Tuesday morning, with his two young children in the vehicle.

The driver was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Police said the 2-year-old and 3-year-old in the vehicle did not seem hurt but were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

An officer tried to stop the 2001 silver Chevrolet Tahoe on South Peoria Street just after 2 a.m. when he saw that the Tahoe didn't stop at a red light, Aurora police Lt. Chuck DeShazer said.

The driver pulled over, but when the officer got out of the car and approached the vehicle, the driver sped off, police said.

The officer began to follow the Tahoe but then stopped the pursuit to comply with department policy, DeShazer said.

An Aurora police sergeant near South Peoria and East Exposition Avenue then saw the Tahoe going about 90 mph in a 35 mph zone, but lost sight of him near East Alameda Avenue.

The sergeant checked the area and found the wrecked Tahoe in Del Mar Park.

Police found the driver about 60 feet away from the SUV. One of the children told officers that the driver “had fallen out.”

Investigators said the children were not buckled up, but did not have any visible injuries.

It appeared that the driver had lost control and there was extensive damage to the undercarriage of the SUV, DeShazer said.

Investigators learned that the driver had been involved in an argument with the children’s mother in Denver earlier. When he left with the children, the mother and her sister tried to stop him but were hurt.

Speed, restraints and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in this incident, DeShazer said.

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