Pedestrian killed in Colorado Blvd hit-and-run


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DENVER – Denver Police investigate their first deadly hit-and-run accident this year.

A woman died crossing the street at S. Colorado Blvd. and E. Exposition Ave.

Witnesses say the 40-year-old woman was in the crosswalk -- moving east to west, on Exposition -- but she never made it across.

They say an older white car turning right onto S. Colorado from Exposition hit her, then reportedly drove over her and took off — leaving her to die in the street.

“I saw real big pool of blood and a pile of clothes,” says Christy Aguniga, who works on the 12th floor of the building overlooking the deadly intersection.

Her hoodie, scarf and purse lay near her shredded newspaper in the middle of the street.

But the driver who hit her was nowhere to be found.

“It’s insane. It’s insane,” says Aguniga, about the driver leaving the victim.

One witness said she saw a light-colored car drive over what she thought was a black trash bag, only to later learn it was a person.

Crime Stoppers tweeted the suspect’s vehicle as a white sedan with Colorado license plate 085-DXX with minor to moderate damage on the front of the vehicle.

They then tweeted the vehicle as a 1958 White Chevy 4-door.

Police later found the car and its elderly driver—but they haven’t made an arrest.

“This intersection is notorious for being very crowded. Traffic on Colorado Boulevard--people don’t stop,” says neighbor Iris Foster.

She also says sun glare from the big "glass" building on the east side of the street can make it hard to see pedestrians in the well-traveled crosswalk. She says people often make their way to restaurants and shops across the street.

“Most people don’t look at the people walking in the crosswalk when they’re turning,” says Aguniga.

So, she says she’s ultra-cautious crossing Colorado each day to catch her bus home--because she knows flesh and blood are no match for iron and steel.

Also, Denver Police found themselves investigating another hit-and-run accident that injured a motorcyclist on Colorado Boulevard and Bruce Randolph.

Last year, Denver had four fatal hit-and-run accidents that killed five people. There were 13 in 2012.

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