AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Aurora Police Department on Monday night publicly identified Officer Mikaela M. Lakin as the motorcyclist who passed away at the scene of an accident Friday night.

Lakin was named in a Twitter message by Aurora PD’s interim police chief.

Lakin, 25, had been with the department two years, Chief Vanessa Wilson stated. Lakin was off-duty at the time of the accident.

Lakin’s motorcycle collided with a Honda Pilot as she traveled eastbound on East Arapahoe Road and entered the intersection at South Aurora Parkway at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The as-yet unidentified driver of the Honda was going westbound on East Arapahoe and turned left in front of Lakin’s vehicle, according to APD.

That driver suffered minor injuries and stayed on scene. Investigators do not believe drugs, alcohol, or speed were factors in the crash.

No citation have been written or charges filed at this point.

Investigators are asking for witnesses or anyone with dashcam video to please contact the department.

Earlier Friday, the Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled a motorcycle safety campaign. One hundred motorcyclists had died on Colorado’s roads in 2020 at the time of the announcement.

 

 

Logan Smith

Comments (4)
  1. Robert Gift says:

    So.rry. Was the motorcycle lost iheadlights of cars behind the motorcycle or in other light clutter?
    Th.is why wife and I check for approaching motorcycles when turning left, especially at night.
    As a biker, I slow down when seeing an opposing vehicle in a lefturn lane or with lefturn signal operating. It’s easy to miss noticing motorcycles.

  2. eric says:

    Any death on the road is a tragedy. Just quick question though: how many of the other motorcycles deaths got this much media coverage? What does her being a police officer have to do with anything? Why have there been multiple news stories about a simple vehicle crash, just because of the victim’s occupation? Would I get multiple news stories? Would you? The crash had nothing to do with the job. It is irrelevant.

  3. Look around you at all the clueless, distracted drivers routinely violating traffic ordinances and the right of way (it helps to stop committing these offenses yourself for a moment by getting out of your vehicle and engaging in close observation while walking Denver’s streets); riding a motorcycle here is like playing Russian roulette.

  4. TomTancredoFan says:

    Terrible news. Just a kid really, optimistic and unjaded, by the look of her picture. R.I.P.

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