Aurora Police News
The Aurora Police News Blog was created in 2016 as a new way to share news and information from the Aurora Police Department with the community we serve. It is maintained by the staff of the Media Relations Unit.

Media Relations Unit Staff:

Sergeant Bill Hummel-Unit Supervisor
Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Anthony Camacho (Spanish Speaking)- Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org.
To reach a Public Information Officer with the Traffic Section for information about traffic related incidents (crashes, traffic safety, photo red light) call 720.675.8915.

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Recent Posts
On October 28, 2018 at approximately 3:08 A.M., a 26-year-old female tragically lost her life after being struck by a vehicle while walking on the sidewalk near East Iliff Avenue and South Pagosa Way.  Today, the Aurora Police Department is announcing the arrest of a male in connection with this incident.  As a result of the on-going investigation, Timothy Scott Knutson (DOB 01/31/1981) was arrested for the following charges: Vehicular Homicide; Leaving the Scene After an Accident Involving Death; Careless Driving Resulting in Death; and Driving Under the Influence.  Knutson is pictured below.

The criminal investigation remains open and therefore no further details will be made available.  The criminal prosecution is in the hands of the 18th Judicial District so further media inquiries should be directed to their office.  The victim will be identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office. 

Knutson, Timothy 013181


Sergeant Bill Hummel
Media Relations Unit
Public Information Office
(720) 432-5095


Information previously released on October 28, 2018

On October 28th, 2018, at 3:08 AM, Aurora Officers were dispatched to a call of a welfare check of a person down on the sidewalk on East Iliff Avenue east of South Pagosa Way.  When Officers arrived, they found a deceased 26 year old female on the south sidewalk.

Their investigation revealed that an eastbound vehicle had left the roadway for an unknown reason and drove up onto the south sidewalk.  The vehicle continued east on the south sidewalk where it struck the female, a street sign and then managed to get back onto eastbound East Iliff Avenue.  The driver did not remain on scene and so far, there are no witnesses to the victim being struck.

The victim's name is not being released at this time.  Eastbound East Iliff Avenue was closed at South Pagosa Way during the investigation. 

The Aurora Police Department's Traffic Section is following up on several leads but is asking that anyone who may have seen this crash contact us at:

Sergeant William Revelle
303 739 6374
wrevelle@auroragov.org
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Oct 29, 2018 at 4:52 PM
  
UPDATE: Our investigation of this fatal auto/pedestrian crash has revealed the following: Dalton M. McCreary, 22, and Jordan Mulumulu 18‚Äč 24, both from Aurora, were walking northbound on S. Chambers Road, crossing E. Iliff Ave. in the east crosswalk. Both were crossing on a green traffic signal/walk signal when a black in color 1998 Toyota 4Runner, driven by Christopher O’Neil Tarr, 41, of Aurora, was eastbound on E. Iliff Ave. at a high rate of speed. Tarr ignored the red signal light and lost control of his vehicle. The Toyota struck Dalton in the crosswalk, flipped over onto its roof, went down a landscaped embankment on the northeast corner, and into the Walgreen’s parking lot where it rolled back upright onto its tires. Tarr attempted to flee the scene northbound through the parking lot in the Toyota and several witnesses gave chase. The Toyota was forced to stop due to its damage from the collision prior to leaving the parking lot. McCreary was transported to a local hospital and died shortly thereafter due to his injuries. Mulumulu later stated to investigators, just prior to the Toyota coming at them McCreary yelled at him to “look out” and pushed him out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, saving his life.

Tarr and the front seat passenger, Robert Taylor, 54, of Aurora, were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. Tarr was later arrested and held on a $50,000 bond for Vehicular Homicide at the Arapahoe County Jail. Tarr has posted bond and was released pending charges on 08/24/16.

T
he Photo Red Light system installed at this intersection captured this horrific crash with video and photos, all of which have been turned over to the DA’s office as evidence for prosecution.

We have filed the following charges with the District Attorney’s office:

Vehicular Homicide
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Drugs, or both

Any additional media inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to the 18th Judicial District PIO.

Christopher Tarr
Mugshot of Christopher Oneil Tarr, Date of Birth: 10/7/1975

Lieutenant Michael McClelland
Traffic Section Commander
303.739.6326


Information previously released on August 22, 2016:


On August 22, 2016, at about 12:10 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to an automobile versus pedestrian accident at East Iliff Avenue and South Chambers Road. A 1998 Toyota 4Runner was eastbound on East Iliff Avenue at a high rate of speed. The 4Runner tried to turn north onto South Chambers Road but lost control in the turn and started to slide. A group of pedestrians was walking northbound in the east cross walk. One of the pedestrians was struck as the 4Runner slid eastbound through the crosswalk. The 4Runner then went up onto the north sidewalk and rolled over and into a parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection. The 4Runner landed on its wheels and tried to leave but the engine died before it could get out of the lot.

The pedestrian that was struck was transported to a local hospital and later succumbed to their injuries. None of the other pedestrians were hit. The driver and a passenger in the 4Runner were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Speed and alcohol are considered factors in this accident. None of the identities of any of the involved parties are being released at this time.

The Aurora Police Department reminds drivers not to drive if they have been drinking.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Section
303.739.6374
Posted by Guest  On Aug 25, 2016 at 4:52 PM
  
Aurora, CO.- 19 June, 2016, 9:41p.m.- Taco Mex Resturant parking lot (10909 E. Colfax Ave.)
APD patrol and traffic officers responded to E. Colfax Ave.  and Joliet Street on a report of an automobile versus pedestrian crash.  Upon arrival investigation revealed the following:  A witness who was sitting in the drive-thru lane of the Taco Mex restaurant, 10909 E. Colfax Ave., advised observing a 50 yo Hispanic male walking westbound along E. Colfax Ave. north side sidewalk at Joliet Street who appeared to be very intoxicated.  The male reached the northeast corner of E. Colfax Ave. and Joliet and fell down on the grass.  The landscaping sprinklers were on so the male got up and stumbled into the Taco Mex parking lot and collapsed again in the southwest corner of the parking lot onto his back.  The subject laid there for a minute or so until a maroon in color 2009 Cadillac Escalade, driven by a 29 yo female, was northbound on Joliet Street and made a right turn into the Taco Mex parking lot, driving over the male.  

The male pedestrian, who we have not been able to positively identify, was transported to University ER for life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead a short time later.  The female driver of the Escalade was very cooperative with our investigation and showed no indications of alcohol or drug impairment but consented to a blood draw.    

The APD Traffic Section is investigating this crash under report # 2016-24476.  We are not releasing names at this time pending identity of the male pedestrian and notifications of next of kin.  No charges have been issued at this time as it appears the proximate cause of the crash was the actions of the pedestrian. 

Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland 
Aurora Police Department Traffic Section
Traffic Section Commander
Posted by Guest  On Jun 20, 2016 at 4:48 AM
  
Aurora, CO. - 19 June, 2016, 12:57 a.m.-  APD patrol and traffic officers responded to the area of E. Colfax Ave. and Scranton Street on a report of an automobile versus pedestrian crash. Upon arrival investigation revealed a 57 yo male was walking towards the Diamond Shamrock, 12727 E. Colfax Ave., crossing E. Colfax Ave. southbound over the landscaped median portion of the roadway. A black in color Cadillac Escalade, driven by a 35 yo male, was eastbound on E. Colfax Ave. in the center lane of traffic, going the posted speed limit of 35 mph. He did not see the pedestrian in time and struck him.

The pedestrian was taken to University Hospital with life threatening injuries and pronounced dead a short time later. The driver stayed on scene, was cooperative with our investigation, and consent to blood draw. We have no indications the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  We do believe the pedestrian was possibly homeless and intoxicated at the time of the crash. 

The APD Traffic Section is investigating this crash under report # 2016-24379.  We are not releasing names at this time pending notification of next of kin by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office.  At this time our investigation shows the proximate cause of the crash was the actions of the pedestrian crossing the street in a heavily landscaped and not well lit median area, instead of using a marked or signalized crosswalk.  No charges against the driver have been issued at this time. 

Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland
Aurora Police Department Traffic Section
Traffic Section Commander

16-24479
Posted by Guest  On Jun 19, 2016 at 9:48 AM
  
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