AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – One person is dead, two people have been hospitalized and a fourth fled the scene of a two-vehicle crash that left an Aurora intersection closed for several hours Saturday night.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, officers with the Aurora Police Department responded to reports of a crash near the intersection of South Buckley Road and East Mansfield Avenue. According to 911 callers, one of the cars involved had caught fire with the driver still inside.
The two vehicles involved were a Honda Accord and a Dodge Charger, the latter of which was the one to catch fire, killing the driver inside.
What led up to the deadly crash
According to investigators, the Accord was traveling in the northbound direction along South Buckley Road toward where the road intersects with East Mansfield Avenue.
As the Accord neared the intersection, the Charger, which was traveling in the eastbound direction along East Mansfield Avenue, made a left turn onto the southbound lanes of South Buckley Road.
That’s when the two vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection.
Witnesses said that a woman who was a passenger in the Charger was able to escape before it caught fire. However, the man who was driving the Charger was unable to exit and died at the scene. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
An unidentified female passenger in the Accord reportedly fled the scene and police are still searching for her as of this posting. The driver of the Accord stayed at the scene and was later transported to a hospital with minor injuries.
The identities of those involved have not been released.
The intersection was closed for several hours Saturday night as APD processed the scene.
APD’s investigation is still ongoing and if you have information about the incident, please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867.
FOX31 will update this story as more information is released.