Police: Victim in fatal I-70 crash wasn’t wearing seat belt

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DENVER — A man who died in a crash on Interstate 70 Friday morning was not wearing a seat belt, Aurora police said.

The victim was driving a Hyundai and crashed into the rear of a Toyota around 8:40 a.m. just past the Pena Boulevard ext.

The driver of the Toyota only suffered minor injuries, said Lt. Jeff Turner of Aurora police. The driver of the Hyundai was taken to a local hospital and later died, he said.

The westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for several hours while police investigated the crash and cleared the scene.

“The Aurora Police reminds drivers that wearing a seat belt is required by law and this accident demonstrates the need and benefit of doing so,” Turner said in a statement.