AURORA, Colo. — A man is accused of running over and killing his brother in an accident last week in which alcohol is believed to be a factor, the Aurora Police Department said.
About 10 p.m. Tuesday, police and fire crews responded to a single-vehicle crash in the 22600 block of Heritage Parkway in southeast Aurora.
Officials found a 2014 Dodge truck had been going eastbound when it went off the road and into a park bench and trees.
The crash resulted in the death of a pedestrian, later identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office as 60-year-old Dale Fabricius.
Fabricius might have been walking down the sidewalk at the time of the crash, police said.
Investigators later found the driver of the truck was Fabricius’ brother, 50-year-old Lee Fabricius.
Police said they are waiting for toxicology reports to come back to confirm if alcohol was a factor in the crash as they suspect.
Neighbor Pat Turek lives down the street from the crash scene. She never had the chance to meet Dale, but her friends did.
“It’s such a tragedy because it sounds like Dale, the victim, was such a lovely man,” Turek said, adding, “Everybody has said the same thing, how wonderful he was.”
FOX31 also learned that Dale worked as a pilot for FedEx for nearly 25 years. The company shared a statement with FOX31.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Fabricius family. Dale was a consummate professional and a talented aviator who left a memorable impression on all he worked with. He will surely be missed among the cadre of pilots here in the FedEx fleet.”
Lee Fabricius is in custody in a hospital. Police said once he’s released, he will be booked into the Aurora Municipal Jail on a charge of vehicular homicide.
Police said the charge could change as they and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the crash.