A driver “tried to leave” after sliding into a group of pedestrians in Aurora, killing one

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Aurora police report that a Toyota 4Runner fatally struck a person at East Iliff Avenue and South Chambers Road just after midnight on Sunday night.

The 1998-model vehicle was eastbound on Iliff “at a high rate of speed,” according to the Aurora Police Department. The driver “tried to turn north” onto Chambers, “but lost control in the turn and started to slide.”

At the same time, a group of people were walking across Iliff in the crosswalk on the east side of the intersection. They normally wouldn’t have been in the path of the vehicle, but the 4Runner’s uncontrolled slide sent it right through the crosswalk, hitting one of the pedestrians. The pedestrian would later die at the hospital.

From there, the vehicle hit a sidewalk, rolled over and landed on its wheels in a parking lot. The driver “tried to leave” but the engine died. Aurora police are considering both speed and alcohol as possible causes.

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