Two pedestrians were killed in sadly similar incidents on East Colfax

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An image released by the Aurora Police Department shows the scene where a pedestrian was fatally struck, near Scranton Street and East Colfax Avenue. Courtesy Aurora Police Department

An image released by the Aurora Police Department shows the scene where a pedestrian was fatally struck, near Scranton Street and East Colfax Avenue. Courtesy Aurora Police Department

Two men died over the weekend after being struck by two different Cadillac Escalades along East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. The collisions happened about one day and a mile apart.

The first happened about 1 a.m. Sunday at East Colfax Avenue and Scranton Street. A 57-year-old man was struck by a black Escalade while crossing East Colfax toward a gas station. Police suspect the crash happened because the driver couldn’t see the man, who reportedly was jaywalking in a dark and heavily landscaped section of the road.

A news release from the Aurora police describes the man as “homeless and possibly intoxicated.” He has not been publicly identified. He was pronounced dead at the University of Colorado Hospital, just a few hundred feet from the site of the collision. No charges have been issued against the 35-year-old driver.

The second incident happened on Sunday night, just before 10 p.m., in the parking lot of the Taco Mex restaurant at East Colfax and Juliet St.

A witness reported that a middle-aged man, appearing “very intoxicated,” collapsed in a corner of the parking lot on his back, just a minute before he was struck by a maroon Escalade entering the lot. The 50-year-old man was pronounced dead at the University of Colorado Hospital; he has not been publicly identified. No charges have been issued against the 29-year-old-driver.