AURORA | Aurora police are investigating a car crash that left a passenger dead and a driver injured on a stretch of Interstate 70 Monday evening.
Traffic investigators have determined that a man driving a Lexus sedan near the intersection of I-70 and North Airport Boulevard swerved his car in an attempt to avoid an unidentified object on the roadway, which caused the vehicle to careen into a guard rail, spin 180 degrees and catch on fire.
A woman who was traveling in the passenger’s seat of the car was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10:40 p.m. Oct. 11, according to Agent Matt Longshore, spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department. The Adams County Coroner’s Office will now be tasked with investigating her death.
The man who was driving the sedan remained in a local hospital with serious injuries as of Tuesday afternoon.
Police do not believe the driver was inebriated or speeding at the time of the collision.
No additional information on the object that prompted the driver to swerve was immediately released.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or may have dashboard camera footage of the incident is encouraged to call the Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters who call the Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and be eligible for rewards up to $2,000.