ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Residents are calling for safety improvements at a busy Denver metro intersection after an 11-year-old boy was hit and killed by an SUV on Monday night.
Neighbors and law enforcement said the area — where South Quebec Street, East Iliff Avenue and East Evans Avenue meet — is dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.
“This place is so busy,” a neighbor said. “People are always getting hit — all the time.”
Neighbors said speeding, running red lights and jaywalking are common at the intersection.
“I would definitely say it’s a dangerous intersection,” Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Greg Davey said.
Half of the intersection is in Denver, the other half is in unincorporated Arapahoe County. The Denver Police Department said officers have worked 56 crashes at the intersection in the past seven years.
Colorado State Patrol officials said troopers investigated six property damage crashes and one injury crash at the intersection of Quebec and Evans in 2015.
Troopers investigated 10 property damage crashes at the location in 2016 and five property damage crashes in 2017 before Monday’s fatal crash.
“There’s heavy traffic here at all times, and there’s a lot of kids going back a forth because of the apartments,” a driver said.
Neighbors said children often cross Evans Avenue outside of the Quebec crosswalk to get to a nearby gas station convenience store. To prevent that from happening, neighbors say a barrier wall should be built on the median.
Denver Public Works and Arapahoe County officials said the Colorado Department of Transportation is responsible for any safety improvements at the intersection.
While support for a median barrier and more signage is growing, investigators stress nothing illegal such as speeding or alcohol is suspected in Monday’s crash. But troopers said that hasn’t always been the case.
“We have had fatals, serious injury crashes and DUI crashes in this area,” Davey said. “It’s definitely one we’ve been focusing on.”
CDOT said the city of Denver and Arapahoe County share responsibility on safety improvements to the intersection.