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One killed, one injured in separate hit-and-run crashes

DENVER -- Police are searching for suspects in two hit-and-run crashes that happened minutes apart and about a mile away from each other in Denver early Sunday morning.

One person was killed and another was hospitalized with serious injuries after the crashes.

A pedestrian was seriously injured at 19th and Larimer streets just before 2 a.m., the Denver Police Department said. The suspect vehicle was possibly a white SUV, police said.

Another pedestrian was hit and killed about 10 minutes later at West 13th Avenue and Broadway. Police said the suspect vehicle was "possibly a white pickup truck."

The crash in Lower Downtown and the crash downtown are about 1.2 miles apart.

Police initially did not believe the crashes were connected. By late Sunday, police couldn’t say for sure if the crimes are related. Detectives are investigating that as a possibility.

“Hearing about [the cashes] is very concerning,” said one neighbor who lives close to the first hit-and-run scene.

“It’s a scary situation,” said Dax Sidner, who works near the second crash scene. “We have to look out for what’s going on. [Drivers] jump the curbs.”

The hit-and-runs happened as police were in the middle of an aggressive DUI prevention campaign with an increased presence in Denver’s downtown core.

Police have not said if any surveillance cameras in the area will help in their investigation.