Fully engulfed vehicle might have been involved in hit-and-run

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AURORA, Colo. — A vehicle parked next to an RTD light rail transformer that became fully engulfed might have been involved in an earlier hit-and-run on Monday morning, the Aurora Police Department said.

Officers responded to a reported hit-and-run at 17th Place and Interstate 225 about 7 a.m. When officers arrived, both vehicles were gone.

Officials said a burning vehicle was found not long after just east of Interstate 225 and East 13th Avenue. It was parked between a wall and a light rail transformer not far from the light rail tracks.

A witness told police that three people parked the vehicle there and ran from the scene. Police haven’t been able to determine if the fire was set on purpose.

A second vehicle that might have been involved in the hit-and-run has not been found.

Firefighters let the fire burn because there were concerns it was against the electrical transformer for the RTD R Line that is under construction. After power was cut, firefighters were able to get the fire out.

The transformer might need to be replaced because of smoke and fire damage, police said.

When it opens later this year, the 10.5-mile R line will run along Interstate 225 through Aurora, connecting existing track at Nine Mile Station to the Peoria Station on the A Line.