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Aurora Police Search For 2nd Car After Street Racing Crash

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.

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  1. Jacquelyn says:

    This article is based on unproven and untried accusations. I want to know what happened to “innocent until proven guilty.” Until someone is convicted in court of street racing, you cannot call this incident street racing. At this point, it is “alleged street racing”. Apparently, your station believes that it is acceptable to try and convict in the media. My understanding as a US Citizen is that it is the job of the judicial system and a jury of one’s peers to determine an individual’s guilt or innocence.

    Further more, why is Brian not considered to be a victim? If someone turned left in front of him, how come he is not the victim? Even if he was speeding, the individual turning left is responsible to ensure they are not turning into oncoming traffic. As far as the evidence of a love of cars and racing found on Brian’s facebook page, so what? Just because someone loves to race in a controlled environment such as Bandimere Speedway, does not prove the individual street races. My husband is a member of the same car club as Brian, we own an almost identical car, and we race at Bandimere on a regular basis. Such facts do not mean my husband or Brian are dumb enough to be street racing.

    The police and the media have both made assumptions and sterotypes that because of Brian’s interests, the type of car, and his age that he was street racing. You know what they say about making assumptions! It is definatley true in this case. Brian and his family deserve an apology and an artical correction for your egregious error.

    1. Amy says:

      Wait….you and your husband also race a Chevy Cobalt??? I wouldn’t be admitting to that..

      Whether or not your friend was street racing is irrelevant. He was clearly speeding excessively. There IS evidence to prove that. The fact that the jaws of life were needed to extract both parties shows that one of the two was doing excessive speeds. A Honda CRV couldn’t possibly be going that fast through a turn. They’re top heavy as can be. Anything above 30 would probably flip it. He doesn’t need to be street racing to be slapped with a reckless endangerment charge. I’m sorry your friend was reckless and it nearly killed him, but your friend could have easily killed himself and an innocent bystander. I hope he’s learned a valuable lesson. As far as an apology goes I hope your friend is ready to apologize to the guy he hit and his family. Before you go preaching about assumptions lets start with a little common sense.

    2. anonymous says:

      I am re posting this up here, so you hopefully see it…

      Jacquelyn. I live in this area and have seen that yellow colbalt driving at high speeds several times. Street racing or not, driving 80 mph in a 45!? Have you ever driven down that stretch of Aurora Parkway? Do you honestly think the man turning left into Southlands knew the yellow colbalt was driving at a speed of 80 mph or more? It’s possible he hadn’t even come into the drivers site when he started turning do to the curves of that road. Regardless if this man turned in front of a car going 80 miles per hour, the car speeding 35 mph or more over the speed limit is at fault. Think about it, the speed limit on a high way is 75! What if that was someone you knew or loved (your father) in the car he hit? What if there had been children in that car that were killed? Would you feel the same way?

  2. john doe says:

    Careless drivers that endanger others are not victims. No care for others on the road is inexcusable

  3. anonymous says:

    Jacquelyn. I live in this area and have seen that yellow colbalt driving at high speeds several times. Street racing or not, driving 80 mph in a 45!? Have you ever driven down that stretch of Aurora Parkway? Do you honestly think the man turning left into Southlands knew the yellow colbalt was driving at a speed of 80 mph or more? It’s possible he hadn’t even come into the drivers site when he started turning do to the curves of that road. Regardless if this man turned in front of a car going 80 miles per hour, the car speeding 35 mph or more over the speed limit is at fault. Think about it, the speed limit on a high way is 75! What if that was someone you knew or loved (your father) in the car he hit? What if there had been children in that car that were killed? Would you feel the same way?

  4. Steve says:

    Last time I checked you don’t pull out infront of anything coming your direction regardless of speed. Looking at the multiple pictures on the web of his car there is no way he was doing 80 MPH. There would have been nothing left to of the car to pry open and his car was very intact. They probably cut the roof off because he was complaining of back pain and didn’t want to bend him any more than necessary. To a first responder the life of the individual is above all other things. The police and the media want it to be street racing to justify a traffic light, I am not saying that it isn’t needed and that street racing isn’t a problem in that area but blaming someone who is innocent is far worse than anything you could accuse Brian Pyle of doing that night. As for you saying that you have seen that exact cobalt speeding down the road, why didn’t you call the police? Why don’t the police of aurora sit down there doing high traffic times of the day catch speeders? They don’t seem to have a problem doing that on I25. There are hundreds of yellow cobalts in denver. I can bet you that you couldn’t tell the difference between any of them let alone one traveling down the road.

  5. Jacquelyn says:

    Anonymous,
    Yes, I would feel the same way if it was my family or there had been children in the car. You are making the exact same mistake as the media. You have tried and convicted this invidual without knowing all the facts. You are a perfect example of the result of what the media’s assumptions have done. The media is contaminating the possible jury pool. At this point in time, there is no way this individual is going to receive a fair trial. Unless he has the money to pay for the best lawyer in town, he most likely will convicted of a crime he may or may not be guilty of.

  6. Eric says:

    Just curious what the outcome of the Aurora street racing investigation was and if Mr Pyle was not charged with a street racing crime, when will the news will do a follow-up article?

    Thanks for your time,

    Eric

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