Several hurt in crash at Colfax and Speer; Denver police say wreck was not related to street racing

DENVER - Seven people were hurt Monday in an early-morning crash at Colfax Avenue and Speer Boulevard in Denver.

Denver police said the driver of a green Ford Explorer, a 23-year-old woman, ran a red light traveling about 70 mph in a 35 mph zone, lost control and collided with a second, smaller SUV at Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue at around 2:30 a.m.

The Explorer landed on its side. The second SUV was heavily damaged.

Police believe there was a third car involved in the incident that may have had an altercation with the Explorer driver. Officers said they are looking to speak to the people in that car, but they are not investigating them for any criminal activity. The make and model of the car not released.

Seven people from the two vehicles were taken to Denver Health Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Three people remain hospitalized, two are in intensive care for serious injuries, police said.

The driver of the Explorer is still hospitalized and facing charges of vehicular assault, police said.

Initial reports said police were investigating whether one or more of the drivers were involved in a street race, but police told 7NEWS that is no longer the case. Officers said they are still investigating whether alcohol or drugs were involved.

The intersection of Speer and Colfax was closed for the investigation but reopened at about 5:45 a.m.

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