Serious injuries in crash near Pepsi Center prompt city to look at 'dangerous intersection'

Posted at 7:26 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 21:26:57-04

DENVER -- There are new calls to make a busy intersection safer, after witnesses say a pregnant woman was seriously injured in a crash near the Pepsi Center at Auraria Parkway and 9th in Denver.

A black SUV and a silver sedan collided Friday morning. Witnesses say the driver of the SUV seemed okay, but the passenger, possibly a pregnant woman who was in the back of the sedan, was seriously hurt and taken away on a stretcher.

Pete Cook, who works nearby, heard the crash.

“They were cutting up the grey car and they took a woman out. That's all I saw and she looked pregnant,” said Cook. "They tend to have accidents here and I think it’s because this corner is a little bit blind for people making a left turn headed south, and so we do see accidents and they usually pile up in the same corner.”

Denver Police told Denver7 there were nine car crashes at that intersection in 2016, two of which were hit-and-runs. This year so far, there have been five crashes at that intersection.

A spokesperson with the Public Works Department told Denver7 they will send a traffic engineer to see if any improvements can be made to make that intersection safer.