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Driver killed in crash with wrong-way taxi ID'd

Posted: 9:37 AM, Apr 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-12 16:40:43Z

The driver who died in a crash with a taxi cab that was going the wrong way on South Monaco Parkway has been identified as a 71-year-old man from Denver.

Konstantinos Mantourlias was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near East Yale Avenue on Sunday, April 10. Mantourlias died from blunt force injuries, investigators said Tuesday.

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Witnesses called 911 around 5:54 a.m. early Sunday.

"There was a metro cab that was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic," said Denver Police Department Technician Tyrone Campbell.

The cab driver, Abdurazaq Bilal, 27, collided with a silver Hyundai and then rolled.

"The Metro Cab actually rolled over, caught fire. We have a passerby who actually extracted the driver of that cab," Campbell said.

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Bilal had been driving for Metro Taxi Denver since September 2015, according to a statement sent to Denver7 by the taxi company.

There were no passengers in either car, according to police.

Investigators were looking into whether speed and alcohol played a role.

It appeared Bilal may have crashed into some mailboxes and lost a bumper about a mile and a half from the collision with the Hyundai.

A license plate found on South Monaco Parkway near East Mansfield Avenue matched the cab, officers told Denver7's Kyle Horan.