Police: Alcohol, excessive speed may be part of crash that killed 2 in Aurora

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AURORA, Colo. -- Two young men are dead, the victims of a single-car rollover crash Friday afternoon in Aurora. Two women survived the crash, but one was fighting for her life.

It happened about 12:20 p.m. on Chambers Road and East 25th Place. “I heard screeching,” witness Dominik Fontana said. It brought him outside of his job next to the crash site.

He said a tire flew over the wall at Ready-Mixed Concrete. “It was laying in our parking lot,” He said of one of two tires that broke off from the impact of the crash.

But he couldn’t be prepared for what he saw next. “They were all knocked unconscious,” he said.

The black Chevy Impala they were riding in slammed into a tree, trapping two women and a man inside.

“I jumped the wall. I checked on the occupants. I checked for their pulses for the three I could get to. A man in back I could not get to,” he said.

That man was already dead in the back seat. Another man, the driver, was ejected and died at the hospital.

“Witnesses on scene say the vehicle was traveling northbound on Chambers from Colfax at a high rate of speed. Some were saying 70, some 100 miles an hour,” Lt. Michael McClelland of Aurora Police said.

Witnesses said the driver wove in and out of traffic on a street where speed is limited to 40 mph.

“We have targeted that area for speed, because it is three lanes and it’s pretty wide open from Colfax northbound until you get to the construction area where light rail is,” said Lt. McClelland.

The car’s tire marks are visible on the sidewalk before hitting a concrete block, a curb, and a utility box. Then it went airborne and sheered the side of a tree.

“It looked like it was going to go over the wall or through the wall,” Fontana said.

Now missing bark, glass shards on the tree, and branches turned into mulch are the only evidence of a deadly ride--one that gives Fontana appreciation for life.

“I don’t know what they were doing. They could have been having a time of their lives, but you never know when it’s your turn,” he says.

The victims are all in their twenties. None had their seat belts on.

Police are still figuring out their relationships to each other.

Investigators also found empty alcohol bottles in the car.

One woman was in stable condition at Medical Center of Aurora South. The other was critical at University Hospital. She was sitting in the backseat and is the registered owner of the car.

The coroner will release the names of the men once their families are notified.

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