Aurora man jumps from van after dropping cigarette, runs over own head

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AURORA, Colo. — A man was nearly killed in Aurora Sunday morning, doing nothing more than attempting to back out of his driveway.

According to Aurora police, the unnamed man had started the process of backing up shortly after 6:30 a.m. in the 15900 block of East Nassau Dr., which is just northeast of the the intersection of South Chambers Road and East Quincy Avenue. It was at that time that the man reportedly dropped a lit cigarette down the front of his jacket.

In an effort to dislodge the cigarette from his jacket, police say the man jumped out of the moving vehicle. However, the man fell in the process of jumping out of the van, and the still-moving vehicle’s front tire rolled over his head, causing critical injuries.

Another adult male was in the front passenger’s seat of the van and was not injured in the crash.

Thankfully, police said the driver was expected to survive and that the department was not planning on pressing charges, considering the man was both the suspect and the victim in the incident.

Neither excessive speed nor intoxication were suspected as contributing factors, which led Aurora police to use the incident as a “reminder to drivers of the dangers of distractions.”

“We encourage drivers to eliminate distractions whenever possible,” police wrote in a press release.

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