Police: Street racing was cause of crash that seriously injured teen

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AURORA, Colo. -- An innocent teenager is fighting for his life after a stolen BMW plowed into the car he was driving Sunday night.

Aurora police believe the driver of the BMW, who took off on foot after the crash, was involved in illegal street racing.

The crash happened near the intersections of Smith Road and Ensenada Road in Aurora.

Aurora police Lt. Jeff Turner told FOX31 Denver the stolen BMW struck the driver’s side door of a Honda as it was turning. The driver of the Honda, who was not part of the illegal street racing, was in serious and critical condition at an area hospital.  His name and age aren’t being released at this time.

Two other people in the Honda were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Turner said the BMW was stolen in Denver on Dec. 20 in the 1300 block of South King Street. The driver of the stolen vehicle ran for the crash and has not been located, according to police.

At least 15 other cars were involved in the illegal street racing Sunday night, according to a man who lives a block from the crash scene.

“I heard a lot of commotion and we heard just a bunch of cars driving by,” said Michael Moffett.

Moffett said the street racing is a problem he and his family had since they moved into their home more than a year ago.

“It’s a chronic problem with that area over there, with the graveyard and there is an empty lot,” Moffett said.

Earlier this month, several people were hurt after a street racing crash on Interstate 25 near Yale Street.

Anyone who has information about this crash especially who was in the BMW, are asked to call Aurora police at 303-739-6342.

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