Pedestrian, two dogs killed in Aurora hit-and-run, police say

A pedestrian and two dogs were killed in Aurora early Friday after being struck by a vehicle that careened onto the sidewalk in what police said was a hit-and-run.

Calls to 911 around 2:30 a.m. Friday reported a single-vehicle crash near the intersection of South Reservoir Road and East Mansfield Avenue, a news release from the Aurora Police Department said.

Aurora Fire Rescue and Aurora police responded, finding a man and two dogs lying in the grass. A crashed vehicle was also located in the center of South Reservoir Road after the driver fled on foot, police said.

Police say both the man and the dogs died.

According to the news release, a Toyota Sequoia was traveling southbound on South Reservoir Road when it left the road, striking the pedestrian and dogs on the sidewalk.

The vehicle also damaged a bus stop, several signs and an electrical box, police said.

After the car came to a stop over the center median, police say the driver, an unknown man, fled on foot before officers arrived.

Southbound Reservoir was closed for several hours as the scene was investigated.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s identity.

Police said Friday’s crash marked Aurora’s 26th traffic fatality of 2022 and ask that anyone with information on the suspect call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). Tipsters remain anonymous and could earn up to $2,000.

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