Police: Man died after medical episode, being struck by RTD bus near Colfax


AURORA | A man experienced a “medical issue” before collapsing, falling under a Regional Transportation District bus and dying in north Aurora Wednesday morning, according to police. 

Aurora police said they responded to a crash near East Colfax Ave. and North Havana Street around 6:30 a.m. where responding officers discovered a man in the roadway. 

“This man was suffering from apparent traumatic injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene,” police said in a blog post later in the day. 

Witnesses said they believed the man may have been struck by a RTD bus. Footage from nearby surveillance cameras confirmed that the man had exited the rear doors of the bus, experienced a medical issue and collapsed. 

“The bus, after passengers were done exiting and entering the bus, pulls away from the stop not knowing that the man was underneath,” police said. “The bus continued their route and was later tracked to Union Station. Officers responded to Union Station to contact the driver and bus and later found evidence linking the bus to the tragic incident.”

Police said they don’t believe the bus driver was under influence of drugs or alcohol, but the driver did volunteer a blood draw “to rule out any impairments.”

The man has not yet been identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office. 

Any witnesses who saw the crash or has dash-camera footage is encouraged to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section by calling 303-739-6000.

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