DENVER (KDVR) — A driver was hit and killed by a passing vehicle after allegedly running from a traffic stop.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, a trooper made a traffic stop just before 2 a.m. Thursday on eastbound Interstate 70 between the Morrison Road and C-470 exits. It is one mile west of Golden.
According to CSP, the driver had been traveling in the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of C-470, which is why he was stopped. CSP said the driver got out of the vehicle after being stopped and appeared intoxicated. The driver then got back in through the passenger side and climbed into the driver’s seat.
At this point, the trooper used an electric shock device to stop him from driving away, but the suspect removed the probes and drove over a median and retaining wall onto the eastbound ramp from I-70 to westbound Highway 6.
After this, police said the suspect got out of the car and ran toward eastbound I-70 where he jumped a barrier onto the highway and he was hit by a passing vehicle. The driver of that car did stop after the crash.
The I-70 to Highway 470 interchange ramps were closed while troopers investigated. The interstate was reopened at 10:23 a.m.
The identity of the man has not been released at this time. CSP said it is planning to release body camera video and dashcam video at a later point in the investigation.