Man steals good Samaritan’s vehicle after fatal crash, leads high-speed chase

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DENVER -- One person is dead after a bizarre incident involving a crash into Clear Creek, and a suspect who stole a good Samaritan's vehicle leading a high-speed chase before crashing into a home early Friday morning.

The incident happened just after midnight when the suspect was driving a stolen Jeep north on York Street in Adams County with a woman passenger. The man lost control at East 74th Avenue, crashed through a guardrail and down an embankment into Clear Creek.

The woman died, but the man was able to get out of the submerged Jeep and flagged down someone for help. Reno Abram was the good Samaritan.

“I stopped at a red light and I'm hearing a voice like, you know what I'm saying, I kept hearing somebody yelling for help and stuff. So then I look back and it was like a guy, he was all bloody and messed up and stuff, like he needed help,” Abram said.

The man got in Abram's car and asked him to turn on the heat to stay warm. Abram got out to check on the woman inside the wrecked Jeep when he said the man stole his maroon Cadillac Seville.

Police spotted the vehicle near East 53rd Avenue and Quebec Street. Officers chased the suspect south on Colorado Boulevard with speeds at times hitting 80 mph.

Officers from the Denver Police Department were able to execute a PIT maneuver, forcing the suspect to crash into the front of a home at East Sixth Avenue and Steele Street.

The man was apprehended and taken to Denver Health Medical Center. He had serious injuries and lost a lot of blood from the earlier crash, the Colorado State Patrol said. His condition is not known. No officers were injured.

The suspect and the woman who died have not been identified.

Abram said he keeps thinking about her and the man who left her for dead.

“I thought about that like, was this somebody that was close to him? Was this just some random person? I kind of want to know what actually, you know, happened and like how did the car even get over the bridge and who was the person that was in the car,” he said.

Abram said the suspect totaled his car. He also had his two young children’s car seats in it when it was stolen.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help him replace the car and the car seats.

A Denver police spokesman said a member of its victims assistance unit will reach out to the homeowner whose property was damaged at the end of the pursuit, to "guide them through the process [of getting repairs made]."

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