AURORA | Police say a woman may have been intoxicated when she fatally struck a man crossing Interstate 225 Sunday night before speeding away.
The woman, Tashima Littleton, 30, of Denver, was arrested a short time later near East Sixth Avenue and Moline Street.
The man, whose name hasn’t been released, later died at an area hospital.
The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the southbound lanes of I-225 between I-70 and the East 17th Place exit.
Aurora police Lt. Jeff Turner said the man was riding with his girlfriend when she let him out of the car for some reason. The girlfriend told police she let the man out at the right shoulder and then drove off.
Turner said witnesses saw the man at the left shoulder and trying to cross back to the right shoulder when he was struck.
“Why he was going back and forth across the road I don’t know,” Turner said.
Police believe the man was intoxicated when he was struck.
Littleton didn’t stop when she struck the man, Turner said.
A witness followed Littleton’s and called police with the Suburban’s license plate and police arrested her.
Turner said Littleton will likely face charges for leaving the scene of a crash and for driving drunk. But because the man killed was likely at fault for the crash, Turner said she won’t face more serious charges such as vehicular homicide.