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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.

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Acting Sergeant Diana Cooley-Unit Supervisor
Officer Ken Forrest-Public Information Officer
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On December 14th, 2017, at 12:11 AM, Patrol Officers responded to a report of a crash at North Airport Bl. and East Centertech Ave.  When they arrived, they found that a Grey 2002 Honda Civic had been travelling at a high rate of speed southbound on N. Airport Bl. approaching E. Centertech Ave. in the center lane. For unknown reasons, it started to lose control and moved into the left lane.  The driver overcorrected, started to spin and struck a tree on the right side of the road. 

The driver (sole occupant) was pronounced deceased on scene.  There were several witnesses that remained on scene to speak with Officers.  Traffic investigations is handling this crash.  The identity of the driver is not being released pending notification of next of kin. 

Speed is a contributing factor in this crash.  The Aurora Police Department reminds drivers that maintaining appropriate speeds saves lives.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Investigations
303 739 6374
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Dec 14, 2017 at 2:02 AM
  
On October 28th, 2017, at about 10:09 AM, Aurora Patrol Officers responded to a call of a crash at S. Peoria St. and E. Mexico Ave. When Officers arrived, they found that a 2008 Silver Nissan Maxima was south bound on S. Peoria St. at a high rate of speed. The vehicle went over a small dip in the road at E. Mexico Ave. and lost control. It struck the right curb and then drifted across the double yellow line and struck a 2012 Jeep Wrangler that was north bound in the left lane.

The driver and passenger of the Nissan were transported to a local hospital where the passenger later died of his injuries. The driver has non life threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep was also transported with non life threatening injuries.

Drugs or alcohol are not factors in this accident. It appears that all drivers were wearing seatbelts. Traffic investigators are handling this accident. It will take some time to determine what charges may be filed against the driver.

Identities of those involved are not being released at this time. S. Peoria St. remains closed between E. Mexico Ave. and E. Jewell Ave. while this crash is being investigated.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Section Sergeant
303.739.6374


Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Oct 28, 2017 at 2:58 PM
  
Aurora CO
October 12th, 2017

At 6:11AM, Aurora Communications received calls from citizens that a car vs. bicycle crash had occurred on Smith Rd. east of N. Tower Rd.  Responding police and medical personnel located the crash in the 19100 block of E. Smith Rd.  This location is an industrial area, and there is no lighting on the roadway.  It was dark at that time.  Smith Rd. is a 2 lane roadway.

Initial investigation indicates that an adult male, wearing dark clothing, was riding a bicycle west along E. Smith Rd., approximately 3 feet from the shoulder, or into the westbound lane of travel.  A 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, occupied by an adult male, was traveling westbound, and struck the bicyclist. 

Medical personnel transported the bicyclist to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Speed or alcohol / drug impairment do not seem to be a factor at this time.

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit is actively investigating this crash.

Bicyclists are reminded to always wear reflective gear, and when travelling during darkness to utilize a bicycle lighting system if possible.

The Adams County Coroners office will be releasing the name of the bicyclist, once notification of next of kin is done.

No further information will be released at this time.


Contact:
Sergeant Mark Elliot
Aurora Police Traffic Investigations
303-739-6202
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Oct 12, 2017 at 11:04 AM
  

On August 15th, 2017 at 1:26 a.m., Aurora Patrol Officers responded to the area of E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Potomac Street on a report of a single vehicle crash with injuries.  Traffic investigators responded to the scene and our investigation revealed the following: 

 

A maroon in color 1999 Ford Expedition, driven by a 50 yo male, with a 23 yo adult female passenger, both from Aurora, CO., were in the area of the McDonald's/ Waffle House restaurants located at E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Uvalda Street.  Witness accounts and evidence showed the vehicle sped out of the parking lot for unknown reasons, over the landscaped embankment, across the sidewalk and struck a fire hydrant.  The vehicle continued out onto E. Mississippi Ave. and proceeded eastbound.  At some point the vehicle was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes at a high rate of speed, drove back over the center median into the eastbound lanes, lost control and went over the south curb line near 13800 block of E. Mississippi Ave.  The female passenger was ejected from the vehicle prior to it striking a tree.  Both parties were taken to a local hospital, the male sustaining minor injuries, and the female with life threatening injuries.  After several hours of surgery the female victim succumbed to her injuries. 

 

The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating this crash under case# 2017-31466.  We are not releasing the names of the driver and victim pending the completion of our investigation.  We believe contributing factors in this crash were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speed, and failure to utilize seatbelt restraints.  Charges against the driver are pending but may result in Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Driving and DUI.    

 

Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland

Traffic Section Commander

303-739-6326

2017-31466

Posted by mmcclell@auroragov.org  On Aug 15, 2017 at 3:01 PM
  
Aurora Colorado

On May 5th, 2017 at 9:13am, Aurora Police, and Aurora Fire responded to a single vehicle rollover crash in the 2700 block of north Chambers Rd.   On scene investigation with witnesses, and physical evidence, preliminarily indicates that a 1997 Honda Civic was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound.  Motorists reported the vehicle was weaving through traffic, ultimately losing control and going off the roadway, over and embankment where it rolled over.  There was a single occupant of the Honda, who was pronounced deceased on scene.  No other vehicles or pedestrians were struck. 

This is an active, ongoing investigation under case number 17-16924.  The identity of the driver of the Honda will be released by the Adams County Coroner, pending positive identification.

Sergeant Mark Elliot
Aurora Police Traffic Investigations
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On May 05, 2017 at 5:30 PM
  
UPDATE:

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit has concluded our investigation on this horrific crash which resulted in the death of two young men. Our extensive investigation revealed the following:

The driver of the black 2004 Infiniti G35 coupe was identified as Phillip Klemenov, 24, of Aurora. The front seat passenger was identified as Marcelous D. Johnson, 27, of Colorado Springs. The backseat passenger was identified as Adrianna Lemus, 18yo, of Aurora.

Lemus advised investigators that all three of them had been drinking alcohol all evening and into the morning, visiting several local drinking establishments in the Denver area prior to the crash. She and Klemenov were in an intimate relationship and tonight was her first meeting of Johnson.

Witnesses on scene, and first responders, observed Klemenov and Johnson trapped and upside down in the severely damaged vehicle that was overturned as a result of the crash. Klemenov in the driver’s seat, and Johnson in the front passenger seat.

Several trees and a light pole had impacted and gone thru the vehicle, particularly the front passenger compartment in which the two men were seated.

Members of the Aurora Fire Department had to cut the trees and crumpled vehicle damage away to extricate Klemenov out of the driver's seat. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Johnson was pronounced deceased on scene and remained there until Coroner arrived as per protocols.

Ms. Lemus stated she crawled out of vehicle through the rear windshield after the crash. Her minor injuries were consistent with where she said she was seated, and how the compartment where she was seated faired on scene.

Based on statements made by Ms. Lemus, and the evidence recovered from inside the vehicle, investigators believed alcohol consumption contributed to this crash.

A blood sample, per court issued warrant, was drawn from Klemenov at 3:55 a.m., about an hour and 10 minutes after the crash. It should be noted that prior to this blood draw Klemenov had already been administered 8 units of fresh blood and 4 units of frozen plasma by medical personnel in attempts to save his life.

Klemenov's blood alcohol content (BAC), after laboratory examination and testing, resulted in 0.139% BAC. 0.08% BAC or over is considered over the legal limit in the State of Colorado.

Evidence showed all three occupants were wearing seatbelts at time of the crash.

Our investigation concludes that this fatal crash occurred because Klemenov was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Klemenov was driving the Infiniti coupe eastbound on E. Florida Ave. at over twice the posted speed limit (73.6 mph in a posted 35 mph zone).

Evidence shows vehicle was eastbound on E. Florida Ave. going over the crown of the S. Dayton St. roadway causing the suspension springs to fully extend and compress making the vehicle bottom out (as seen by roadway evidence as bottom of vehicle left a scraping and rust transfer). This action caused Klemenov to turn the driver’s wheel to the left, causing the vehicle to go into a yaw, making him lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle straightened out and subsequently struck the curb on the north side of E. Florida Ave. The vehicle started to rotate clockwise due to the curb strike and continue up onto the landscaping grass bordering the roadway. The driver's door area was first to strike the first tree. The force of this impact sheared the tree and the vehicle continued its path. The front driver's wheel came off at this point and the vehicle started to dig into the soft turf of the grass. The vehicle tripped and started to roll over. The vehicle struck the second tree on the driver's "A" pillar area, and rolled over upside down and struck the third tree along with a light pole on the passenger side door area until coming to its final place of rest.

This investigation is closed with no charges due to death of offender. 

A copy of the 130 page report about this crash and subsequent investigation is available for download by clicking here.

Lieutenant Michael McClelland
Traffic Section Commander
303.739-6326


Information previously released on October 2, 2016:

The driver died from his injuries on 10/2/16, at 9:35 a.m. The name of the driver and passenger are not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office.  The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing its investigation of the crash.

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section


Information Previously Released on 10/2/16. 

On 10-2-16, at 2:45 a.m. Aurora Police and Aurora Fire responded to the 9900 Block of E. Florida Ave. on the report of a rollover crash. The preliminary  investigation shows a black Infinity was eastbound on Florida when it lost control and rolled several times ending up on the sidewalk to the north of E. Florida Ave. The car hit several trees and a light pole in the process. An adult male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The adult male driver was transported to a local hospital, and he is in critical condition at this time. There was an adult female passenger who was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  Alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash. The names of the driver and passengers are not being released at this time.

Fatal Rollover Crash

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section
Posted by cbaumfal@auroragov.org  On Dec 09, 2016 at 7:15 PM
  
Fatal Crash

On 11-25-16, at  6:45 pm, The Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Department responded to East 26th Avenue and North Picadilly Road on the report of a rollover crash. The crash scene was approximately 1/2 mile east of North Picadilly Road on East 26th Avenue.
The preliminary investigation showed a Chevy Tahoe was westbound on East 26th Avenue when, for unknown reasons, it went partially off the north side of the roadway. The driver tried to steer the Tahoe back onto the roadway but over corrected causing the Tahoe to roll approximately two times before coming to rest in the middle of East 26th Avenue. There were three occupants inside the Tahoe - an adult male driver and two juvenile male passengers. The driver and one of the juveniles had to be extricated from the Tahoe. All three occupants were transported to local area hospitals. Unfortunately, the driver and one of the juvenile males were later pronounced dead. The other juvenile male had minor injuries.  At this time, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the cause of the crash. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit will continue its investigation of this crash. 

Sgt. Craig Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section
Posted by cbaumfal@auroragov.org  On Nov 25, 2016 at 11:08 PM
  
On November 13, 2016, at about 1:20 PM, Aurora Officers responded to an automobile versus bicycle crash in the intersection of East Mississippi Avenue and South Moline Street.  
The investigation revealed that a male adult was riding his bicycle northbound across East Mississippi Avenue in the east crosswalk of South Moline Street.  A silver Nissan Rouge being driven by a female adult was eastbound on East Mississippi Avenue in the center lane.  The Nissan struck the bicycle in the crosswalk. 
Both the bicyclist and the driver of the Nissan were transported to an area hospital for treatment.  The driver of the Nissan had minor injuries.  The bicyclist succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
The identities of both people involved in the crash are not being released as we are attempting to notify family.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.  Aurora Police Traffic Investigators are still speaking with witnesses in an effort to determine fault.
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Nov 13, 2016 at 4:10 PM
  
On 11/10/16, at approximately 10:10 pm Aurora Police and Aurora Fire responded to the report of an auto/pedestrian crash on I-225 north of E. 6th Ave. Arriving officers found an adult male laying in the Northbound lanes of I-225.  The male was pronounced dead at the scene. The on-scene investigation revealed that the pedestrian was attempting to cross from the west side of I-225 to the east side when he was struck by a car going northbound on I-225. After the initial collision, the pedestrian was struck by two other vehicles. There was no indication of alcohol or excessive speed by any of the drivers. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit will continue its investigation of this crash. The name of the pedestrian is not being released at this time pending notification of family members. 

Northbound I-225 at E. 6th Avenue was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation.

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Unit


Posted by cbaumfal@auroragov.org  On Nov 11, 2016 at 2:32 AM
  
On September 5, 2016, at approximately 11:05 pm, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to South Parker Road and East Temple Drive on the report of an auto/motorcycle crash. The on-scene investigation shows a motorcycle, with two occupants, was northbound on South Parker Road. A gold minivan was southbound on South Parker Road attempting to make a left turn onto East Temple Drive. The minivan turned left in front of the motorcycle. Both occupants were ejected from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. They were transported to a local hospital, but unfortunately both were pronounced dead a short time later. The driver, and one passenger, of the minivan were not injured in the crash. The driver of the minivan remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit handling the investigation.

Motorcycle involved in fatal crash

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section


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