AURORA, Colo. -- Two people were killed and one person was injured in a three-vehicle crash that shut down Tower Road early Tuesday morning.
The crash happened just before 2 a.m. on Tower Road near East 22nd Avenue.
Both directions of Tower Road between East Montview Boulevard and Smith Road were closed as investigators looked into the crash, the Aurora Police Department said. It reopened just before 8:30 a.m.
Police say alcohol and speed are being looked at as primary factors into the crash.
Police say a 45-year-old woman driver of a Ford Escort going northbound on Tower Road was following her boyfriend home from the Frontier Club bar, which is about three miles from the scene of the accident.
A black Denali traveling northbound at a high rate of speed hit the Escort from behind, causing it to go out of control and spin off the road, police said. The Denali also lost control and crossed the road where it plowed into a blue Ford F-150 traveling southbound.
"The boyfriend got out of his car, ran out to see if his girlfriend was OK and removed her from the car to try and do CPR," Aurora police Lt. Michael McClelland said.
The driver of the Escort died as did the 60-year-old male driver of the F150, police said. The 30-year-old male driver of the Denali was taken to a hospital with nonlifethreatening injuries.
The driver of the Denali is suspected of driving under the influence, Aurora police said. Charges against the man are pending but might result in two counts of vehicular homicide resulting in death and DUI.
None of the victims was identified pending notifications of next of kin.