By Anica Padilla

DENVER (CBS4) –The Denver Police Department released a photo showing a black truck and a white SUV racing in downtown Denver — moments before the SUV crashed into another car, killing Jessica Allen. You can see multiple people, including a child, were preparing to cross the street as the crash happened.

(credit: Denver Police)

John Dahmer, the driver of the white SUV, was arrested after the crash at 18th and Lawrence streets on Saturday. He is being held for investigation of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and DUI.

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Drivers caught street racing can lose their drivers’ licenses with the 12-point traffic violation, be fined up to $999 and have their vehicle impounded.

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The Denver Police Department continually monitors for street racing events, and for several months has dedicated resources – including its helicopter – to disrupting the gatherings, while enforcing traffic and criminal offenses.

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To report street racing or planned events that organize illegal street racing, visit Also, to report street racing or reckless driving by phone, witnesses should call 720-913-2000 or call/text 911.

Anica Padilla