Man killed crossing I-225 in hit-and-run Sunday night

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AURORA | Police say a woman may have been intoxicated when she fatally struck a man crossing Interstate 225 Sunday night before speeding away.

Tashima Littleton, mug shot courtesy Aurora police.
Tashima Littleton, mug shot courtesy Aurora police.

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.

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Lotsamoney500k .
Lotsamoney500k .
7 years ago

if your too drunk to not realize you have hit something with your vehicle STOP DRINKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Passion303
Passion303
7 years ago

naw she knew she hit something she just kept going

Mei.Dup
Mei.Dup
7 years ago

cannot believe a friend is gone just delt with sister n laws brother passing from a drunk driver hit and run now a close school mate who made everyone laugh and smile when you had a bad day R.I.P Nicholas Marc Ortega you are truly missed and taken @ just 21 years young.

Why
Why
7 years ago
Reply to  Mei.Dup

why was he crossing the highway?

Mei.Dup
Mei.Dup
7 years ago
Reply to  Why

I am not sure…I wish I knew

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S.A.
S.A.
7 years ago
Reply to  Mei.Dup

I knew Nick as well he did not deserve to go out like that he will truly be missed by everyone who’s lives he touch and my thoughts go out to his family

Guest..
Guest..
7 years ago
Reply to  Mei.Dup

well he’s 22, im his biological sister.. he’s going to be missed but never forgotten

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

Stating the victims name is really not appropriate, friend or not. His family needs to be notified and I’m sure they would appreciate things being kept confidential for the time being.

Random
Random
7 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Family has been notified, last night. We’re all very close. People grieve in different ways. Really not trying to start a fight, but just let her be. It’s a tough time for all of us.

Mei.Dup
Mei.Dup
7 years ago
Reply to  Random

thanks Random!

Mei.Dup
Mei.Dup
7 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

okay well they were notified so thanks.

Guff
Guff
7 years ago

But…why would he cross the highway……..either way?…….

Ms Boop
Ms Boop
7 years ago

ALBERT, OMG I can’t believe it when Rocco told me. I am so sorry for your loss. MY HEART ACHES FOR U & UR FAMILY. LET US KNOW IF WE CAN DO ANYTHING.

Name
Name
7 years ago

She should not of left him, you don’t leave someone out in the cold one and two not on the hwy!!!!!! We miss you kid.

Random
Random
7 years ago
Reply to  Name

If you knew her you would understand why he ran away

pjc
pjc
7 years ago

Just saw Nick last week, talked about old times at school and his girl – I can’t believe he’s gone. God bless his family

Some guy
Some guy
7 years ago

Why did his lady do that? Sad thing is, on her facebook, there is not one thing about Nick except for tagged things. She changed her pro pic to her and her homegirl. Something else is going on that she doesn’t seem to care. R.I.P. Nick, you will definitely be missed!

Chuck Norris 303
Chuck Norris 303
7 years ago
Reply to  Some guy

I’d hit

Nevada
Nevada
7 years ago

This is so sad

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago

Im so upset about this. And blame NAME REDACTED BY EDITOR BECAUSE IT’S NOT CONFIRMED BY POLICE for this. How could you drop him off and just leave like that! He is your boyfriend that you supposedly love so much but dump him off like a piece of trash. They were fighting as usual. We all know how kass gets when shes drunk. Not one thing has been said by her NOTHING. I heard his parents are upset at her as well. I just don’t get it. At all! RIP NICK