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1 Dead, 2 Injured in Separate Aurora Traffic Incidents

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – One person has died and two people were injured after being struck by vehicles in two separate incidents in Aurora on Friday.

Sgt. Craig Baumfalk with Aurora police said at approximately 6 p.m. officers responded to a call of an auto/pedestrian accident at East Colfax Avenue and North Peoria Street.

“The preliminary investigation indicated an adult male was attempting to cross Nort Peoria Street from west to east. Traffic for north and southbound North Peoria Street had the green light. The male was south of the intersection not using the designated crosswalk,” Baumfalk said in a statement.

Baumfalk said a Saturn was driving southbound on Peoria in the right lane. The Saturn hit the man and he then went into the left lane where he was struck a second time by a Ford Escort.

“The male became entangled underneath the Escort and was dragged approximately 200 feet,” Baumfalk said.

The driver of the Escort did not initially realize the male was underneath the car. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Drivers of both cars remained on scene and fully cooperated with investigators.

Police don’t believe the drivers were under the influence of drugs or alcohol or were driving recklessly.

The name of the victim hasn’t been released.

Earlier on Friday officers responded to an auto/pedestrian accident at East Colfax Avenue and North Laredo Street around 4 p.m.

“The on-scene investigation determined that three pedestrians were on the south side of the intersection attempting to cross North Laredo Street from the west side of Laredo to the east,” Baumfalk said. “A vehicle was making a left turn from westbound East Colfax Avenue to southbound North Laredo Street. The driver of the vehicle did not see the pedestrians in the crosswalk and collided with two of the three pedestrians.”

A man was struck in the arm and not injured. A 17-year-old girl was struck and received serious but non-life threatening injuries. She was transported to a local hospital and listed in serious but stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and fully cooperated with investigators.

“At the time of the accident the sun was low in the western sky, and this may have contributed to the driver not being able to see the pedestrians,” Baumfalk said.

The driver of will be charged with fFailing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Drugs or alcohol were not a factor.


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