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Man dies after hit-and-run driver struck him, threw him 90 feet in Aurora

Posted at 9:36 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 11:36:31-04

AURORA, Colo. — A man died after he was struck by a driver who may have been under the influence of alcohol and speeding, and was thrown 90 feet.

Around 12:39 a.m. on Monday, Aurora police officers responded to a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Kenton Street.

A witness called 911 and told dispatchers that a man was lying unresponsive on the side of the road, police said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they determined that the man had been crossing Colfax Avenue just west of the crosswalk when he was struck be a vehicle traveling eastbound in the far right lane. The man was thrown about 90 feet and landed on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Based on area surveillance video, the man was not found for another 20 minutes, police said.

Aurora Fire Rescue transported the man to a local hospital, where he later died.

The person who was driving the car initially left the scene, but after talking with his family for 30 minutes, he decided to return, police said.

Traffic investigators said they believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was arrested for a hit and run resulting in death. He may face additional charges once the toxicology results are finalized.

Aurora police ask anybody who saw the crash to call Det. Steve Chinn at 303-739-6342.