New Year sees two dead, one wounded in three road accidents in Colorado

Thornton, Aurora and Fort Collins Police are currently investigating three different incidents that happened in their respective jurisdictions during the New Year.

On January 1, a woman was killed in a car crash on Interstate 25 in Thornton. The victim’s identity has not been released.

Police reports stated that the incident happened at 12:33 a.m. between 144th Avenue and Highway 7 near the interchange with Colorado E-470 and the Northwest Parkway. The woman was hit by two cars traveling on Interstate 25.

Reports of the incident revealed that a ride-share vehicle carrying the victim stopped at the location and ended the ride due to the passenger getting ill. The woman passenger got out of the vehicle and paid the bill, then the driver left.

She walked into the roadway, where she was sideswiped by a pickup truck and then she was hit by another vehicle. According to the police, the vehicle that hit that collided with the victim was an old, dark-colored Dodge Ram. The vehicle did not stop after the collision, and its driver might not have been aware of the accident.

The accident prompted the officials to shut down the lanes for several hours early Sunday morning and according to the Thornton Police Department, the investigation is still ongoing.

Pedestrian struck by car, killed near City of Aurora

Earlier on December 31, one person was reported dead after being struck by a car on Interstate 225 near East 6th Avenue near the City of Aurora, Colorado.

The accident happened at 9:54 p.m. Police said a GMC SUV heading to the north ran into a pedestrian who was crossing the roadway. The driver attempted to avoid the pedestrian but was unsuccessful.

When the police arrived, the victim was in the middle of the median strip and sustained severe life-threatening injuries. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital but died moments later.

Police have not released the victim’s identity. However, reports stated that the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office would release the victim’s identity once they have informed the victim’s relatives.

Meanwhile, the driver of the GMC SUV remained on the scene and fully cooperated with the investigations.

Fort Collins hit-and-run crash

In Fort Collins, Colorado, a pedestrian was caught in a hit-and-run crash early on New Year’s Day. According to the police, the vehicle was a silver Mazda with front-end damage like the grill, hood and windshield.

Police received the call regarding the accident at 1:14 a.m. on Sunday. The victim was an adult male who was injured at the intersection between Suniga Road and Redwood Street.

According to police reports, there was evidence that indicated a vehicle heading north from the east on Suniga Road struck the man while he was crossing the road. The man sustained a serious injury and was taken to the hospital. The full extent of his injuries is currently unknown.

Based on reports from Fort Collins Police Services, the driver left the scene and never contacted the police. The police are currently still searching for the driver responsible for the incident. Sgt. Mike Avrec from the Fort Collins Police CRASH team said the investigators are asking for help from the community to find the suspected vehicle and the driver responsible for the incident.

“Hit-and-run collisions cannot become common in our community, someone knows who the run driver and vehicle are, and we ask them to contact us to help solve this crime,” Avrec said.

As a result of the incident, the Fort Collins Police Collision Reconstruction and Scene Handling Team partially closed Suniga Road and Redwood Street for around seven and a half hours.