AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora police are searching for a second car officers believe was involved in a street race that caused a crash.
Two cars rolled Thursday evening after colliding at the intersection of Aurora Parkway and Commons Avenue. Police said a yellow Chevy Cobalt was racing another car when it hit a Honda CRV in the intersection.
Both drivers were hospitalized with broken bones and are expected to be okay.
The other car in the race is described as a small gray car and police are hoping someone in the neighborhood might lead officers to it.
Scott Beard lives close to the scene and shot video of an ambulance arriving minutes after the crash.
“I pulled up and it was a really bad accident, worse than anything I’ve seen, ” he told CBS4 reporter Evrod Cassimy. “There were probably 10 maybe 12 firefighters that were working on trying to extract a person from the race car.”
Police identified the driver of the car as Brian Pyle, 24. When Cassimy called Pyle’s home, no one would answer the question if Pyle was racing at the time of the accident.
Police did give investigators a statement.
“The driver’s statements to officers at the hospital was that the person was not involved in a street race. He was driving home,” said Lt. Chuck Deshazer with the Aurora Police Department.
However, investigators are not convinced that is the real story.
Homeowners in the area said more traffic lights on the stretch of road would also help. They would like the stop signs at the intersection where the accident happened replaced.
The posted speed along that street is 45 mph but police believe Pyle was going about 80 mph at the time of the collision.
Pyle could be charged with vehicular assault.