AURORA, Colo. - The 17-year-old boy who died in a crash on E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora early Monday morning has been identified as Juan Carlos Dominguez-Palomino of Aurora.
A Ford Expedition collided with the Chevy Camaro Dominguez-Palomino was driving at Dayton St. about 12:05 a.m.
Police think the driver of the SUV may have been going more than double the speed limit on Colfax when he ran red light and slammed into the Camaro.
The driver of the Expedition was rushed to the hospital, police said. He is expected to survive, according to the Aurora Police Department. He will not be arrested or charged until he is released, police said. He is expected to be in the hospital for up to three days.
Police say speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.
Dominguez-Palomino's friends and family gathered at the scene of the crash at 10 a.m.
"His passion was cars, so we would go see cars," said Armando Valenzuela. "He would say he’d want to see this car and he’d want to do this to that car, but he was also a great friend. We are never going to forget him."
"There’s never going to be another Juan," said Misael Longoria.
7NEWS Reporter Tyler Lopez spoke to his mother through an interpreter.
"She wants the person who caused this accident that took her son's life away to pay… the highest penalty they can get," the interpreter said as the mother cried.
"He deserves to be in jail," Longoria said about the suspect. "Taking a person’s life, that’s nothing we were born to do. He should go to jail."
Dominguez-Palomino attended Aurora West Preparatory Academy. The school's principal also came to the crash site.
"Great kid. Was gonna graduate this year. Had the whole world ahead of him," said Principal Brian Duwe.
Aurora Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information on this case to please call Detective Casey Crowfoot at (303) 739-6317. You can also provide information on this case and remain anonymous by calling CRIME STOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867). You may be eligible to earn a reward of up to $2,000.