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Family wants justice for man killed in Aurora hit-and-run

One driver stopped but another kept going
Posted at 5:07 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 20:55:50-04

AURORA, Colo. -- A memorial with balloons and flowers sits near an Aurora intersection where Dontae Chambers was trying cross the street so he could get to the RTD station.

Police found 34-year-old Chambers in the middle of the road when they responded to the area of S. Parker Road and I-225 on May 25. According to investigators, one driver who struck him stayed on scene but they believe another driver left without stopping.

"It’s very difficult, you know, to just leave somebody on the street and just leave them there to die. It’s one thing that crosses my mind every single day," said Donald Stevenson, his brother.

Chambers will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 6, but his mother says it will be difficult to bury her son knowing one of the drivers who was involved in the incident is still out there.

"For my son to lose his life because someone didn’t stop after they hit him, maybe it wouldn’t have been too late," said Theresa Chambers, his mom. "If it was an accident just please come forward."

Police say it was 1 a.m. when Chambers was crossing in an unlit section of the road and he was not in a crosswalk. He was found in the exit lane of southbound I-225.

His family believes the intersection is inherently dangerous because cars travel at a high rate of speed as they exit the interstate.

"Every corner at this intersection has a stop sign or a stop light; there’s not one here, there’s needs to be one here so this doesn’t happen to somebody else’s loved one," said Chambers.

Denver7 noticed several surveillance cameras in the area, including two that are located at RTD's Nine Mile Station. A spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department couldn't comment on whether or not video was captured of accident because he said it's currently an open investigation.

“It’s really important for us to find the person that hit him because he deserves justice," said Nicole Foster, his sister.