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Aurora Police Looking For Witnesses In Fatal Hit & Run

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A marking in the street where the woman was found (credit: CBS)

A marking in the street where the woman was found (credit: CBS)

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Aurora say a fatal crash that took place late Sunday night was most likely a hit-and-run.

A woman was found in the road at East 4th Way and Kenton Street at approximately 10:19 p.m. The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Witnesses told police they saw a tan or beige Chrysler or Dodge minivan near the scene. Police have since talked to the driver of the minivan and said he wasn’t involved.

People who live in the neighborhood say there are no street lights and it’s very hard to see at that time of night.

Reggie Booker, who lives in the neighborhood, was heading home when he came across the woman.

“l just picked her up, had her in my arms,” Booker said.

Booker said another woman who was driving a black four-door sedan was standing over the woman and calling out for help.

“We heard another woman saying, ‘Melissa, Melissa, are you okay?’ She was standing over her,” Booker said.

Booker took the woman to a nearby house where the woman’s friends had already called 911. Jackie Taylor lives next door and was inside that home when paramedics arrived.

“I heard the sirens and the only thing I thought was, ‘Just get out of their way, just get out of their way,’ ” Taylor said. “They had to cut her clothes off and do CPR on her in there and by the time they got out of the house they were doing CPR on her outside and in the ambulance and I don’t even think she made it to the hospital to be honest with you.”

Booker said he did all he could to save the woman.

“I couldn’t sleep at all. When I heard detectives tell me she died I just couldn’t help it. Just a sad feeling,” said Booker.

Although police haven’t released the victim’s name, Taylor said the woman named Melissa was 29 years old and lived a few blocks away. She was headed home when the accident happened.

A woman named Bonnie said she lived with Melissa and found out about her death Monday morning. She said she was a beautiful person inside and out.

“She would smile at you at all the time, she never got mad,” Bonnie said.

Neighbors say that cars are constantly speeding down the street and that it has become a problem for those living in the area. Police haven’t said if speed was a factor because there are no witnesses.

Police are still looking for the driver.

Additional Resources

The Aurora Police Department released the following information about the case:

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Aurora Public Safety Communications Department at 303-627-3100.

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