Motorcycle rider killed in crash in Aurora

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Motorcycle vs. car crash at Mississippi and Quentin in Aurora, Colo

Motorcycle vs. car crash at Mississippi and Quentin in Aurora, Colo

AURORA, Colo. — A car versus motorcycle crash killed the man riding the motorcycle Monday evening.

Police say a car turned in front of a motorcycle that was heading west on Mississippi Avenue just East of Peoria Street in Aurora at about 6:45 p.m.

The car was turning left into an entrance at the shopping center at Mississippi and Quentin Street when the motorcycle hit it broadside. Police believe the motorcycle was going about 40 mph.

The rider, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

The driver of the car remained at the scene of the crash. Police say they do not suspect alcohol or excessive speed played a role in the crash.

Police expected westbound Mississippi to be closed between South Troy and Peoria streets to be closed until after 10 p.m. for the investigation.


  • J. Lickenpooper

    I lost my brother the very same way. You kill someone you have to go to jail don`t care if you`re a dum ar4se or whatever..2 years min for killing someone. 5yrs if you`re on a cellphone.

    • Robert Gift

      ^ So sorry about your brother.
      I have ridden in this area many times.
      There is much clutter and vehicles turning off and onto E. Mississippi Avenue.
      In such situations I SLOW a little expecting someone to miss seeing me.
      When they do, I am ready for it and have evaded collisions.
      Partial blame should be placed on the motorcyclist for not adjusting for conditions.

  • Steve Cosentino

    Another stupid idiot. Wonder if the driver was a legal citizen of the US? Makes you wonder who would try to cross three lanes of traffic. Obviously they will say “I didn’t see him”. You can tell by the point of impact its 100% the fault of the car driver.

  • Leslie G.

    I’m not gonna judge, but my prayers are with the families of both people. Just because everyone needs a little support and faith in their life to get through tough times.

  • Charmaine

    Thank you. That man… was my son. His name was Lael and he was 29. His wife serves our country, and is stationed there in Denver, but just received orders to move to Germany in October. Lael was witty, funny, caring, thoughtful, loving and a great person to know! My heart is absolutely breaking!

    • Shannon Ferreira

      Charmaine, Kim is my sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lael was a kind and funny man and our family loved him very much. Our hearts are breaking with you.

    • Crystal

      My husband was first on the scence to this accident, he helped as much as possible till the fire truck came. He had to move his truck so they could pull up and was not able to get back up to accident because of traffic. He went to the fire department early this morning to find out if the man made it but they said they could give him no information. He was stressed to not know what happen or even know the mans name. We are so very sorry to hear he didn’t make it. I hurt for you and your family as we have thought about you non stop since it happen.

      • Charmaine

        Thank you for your message Crystal and my heartfelt thanks to your husband. We believe in Gods word, and life everlasting after death, and that Lael is sitting at the feet of Jesus. I would like very much to meet you both before we leave for home on Sunday. You can message me on facebook at charmaine peterson nava if you would like. Hugs.

    • Connie

      So sorry for your loss, Charmaine. A tragedy for all involved. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    • Anonymous

      I am so sorry!!! I was there; no I did not see every detail but witness this and have been dreaming about it. I prayed for him and I am truly sad he did not make it. So so so sad; and lije someone said even if he had a helmet…im just not sure that would of help. :( I pray GOD gives all of his family peace that surpasses all understanding.

      • Charmaine

        Thank you for your compassion and prayers. God can heal the broken hearted and sets captives free. I hold no ill will to the driver and forgive them. I’m sure it was an accident, and I know they must be going through their own personal hell. I pray for them and their family as well. God forgives us and we are to forgive others. One of my son’s favorite songs was He Will Reign: //

    • Shannon Ferreira

      Yes, a helmet is always a good idea….but my understanding is that in this case, it wouldn’t have made a difference.
      Just is important is for drivers to always be aware of their surroundings, watch for motorcycles, and please, please, put down the phone, and no distracted driving!

      • Shootmyownfood

        I survived a motorcycle accident while NOT wearing a helmet, and was told if I had been wearing one my neck would have been broken. Helmets are not always the answer. In fact, I’ve lost three friends to broken necks due to helmets.

      • Mark

        Shootmyownfood, helmets do not cause injury. Hitting the pavement at high speed causes injury. Whether you survive a motorcycle crash or not is pure unadulterated luck. I hit a deer at 60mph last Aug and walked away with a shattered wrist and some nerve damage to my leg. When you think about it, it was just dumb luck that I lived considering I hit head and shoulder first.

  • S D Klukan

    Charmaine, please accept our condolences. Contact Laurie at, she will help you and your daughter-in-law through this.

  • Kelly

    Prayers for Kim and Lael’s families. I wish I had the words to really express how sad I feel for everyone involved.

    • Shootmyownfood

      I was in a motorcycle accident on I-270 many years ago; we were rear-ended by a car that said they didn’t see us, but we got the ticket. The cop bought the story that we “must have changed lanes unexpectedly” and of course the guy driving the car was the one they believed. I wonder how he thought we got under the semi that was in the other lane?

  • Anonymous

    Left turn in front of coming traffic. Kills a lot of bikers. A helmet would have helped . ER RN

    • Charmaine

      In most cases us, but this accident broke his neck and almost ripped him in half…. A helmet wouldn’t have saved him.

  • Barbara Downing

    I have never had the opportunity to me you. I’m Kim’s grandmother. I can’t tell you how badly I feel,
    A mother should never have to experience the death of a child. The last time I saw Lael was at Christmas, and what a great way to remember him. We all had such a good time and Leal was his happy self. He was in the kitchen making his fabulous salsa and joking with everyone there. You have raised a fine young man and thank you for sharing him with us. I will be thinking of all of you.
    God Bless…………..

    • Charmaine

      Barbara, Thank you so much for your message, and condolences. I know that Lael loved your family, and talked about the good times he had with Kim’s family up there in California. I appreciate the love you showed to my son and making him feel a part of your family. Hugs and Blessings, Charmaine

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