Coroner IDs 2 men killed in 2 Aurora traffic incidents last week

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AURORA | The Adams County Coroner’s Office has identified two 26-year-old men who were killed in separate traffic-related incidents in Aurora last week.

Rahjeem Jaleo Edwards of Aurora died after multiple drivers struck him as he was walking in the 18900 of East Smith Road shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, according to information provided by Aurora police and the coroner’s office.

Investigators determined Edwards was struck by as many as three vehicles, although only drivers from two of the vehicles remained at the scene. Police believe a third driver may also have struck Edwards but left the area before first responders arrived.

Possible charges against the drivers will not be determined until toxicology results are released, which can take several months, according to Lt. Jad Lanigan, spokesman for the Aurora Police Department. 

The coroner’s office also identified Jhonatan Misael Torres Arteaga as the man who died after rolling his 2000 Ford Ranger pickup truck multiple times on East 38th Avenue near the intersection at Windsor Drive shortly before 3:30 a.m. Dec. 7. Police determined Arteaga, who was the only person in the truck when it flipped, was driving east on East 38th Avenue before crossing into the westbound lane, which is where police found his vehicle.

Arteaga was ejected from the truck as a result of the crash, and police are investigating speed and Arteaga’s failure to wear a seatbelt as contributing factors.

At least 31 people have died in traffic-related incidents in the city this year, according to Aurora police. At least 10 of those deaths have involved pedestrians.