The coroner's office say 26-year-old Heydi Margarita Hauchi, and 65-year-old Woon Baek were killed in the incident. Hauchi was driving the vehicle going the wrong way down the interstate. Baek was killed when he got out of his car to help, and was struck by a semi truck. Hauchi was arrested for a DUI 2 years ago on the exact same day, also her birthday.
The Wheat Ridge Police Department says they first received a call of a hit and run crash involving a black Nissan Sentra, driven by Hauchi, at 2:46 a.m. Friday in the 4600 block of Everett Court. Dispatch received at least one more call on the same vehicle, in which the caller reported the driver was driving erratically and may be drunk.
Officers were looking for the car at 3:25 a.m. when dispatchers got another call that a black Nissan Sentra, matching the same description, was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-70 near Kipling. One minute later, they got word of a head-on collision on the highway.
"It's too bad we couldn't find this driver sooner," Wheat Ridge Police Lt. Wade Hammond said.
Investigators say Hauchi hit a Volvo, driven by Baek, while going the wrong way on I-70. Hauchi was ejected and died on scene.
Police say Baek had gotten out of his car to help and was hit by a semi truck. Baek also died at the scene. Three passengers from the the Volvo were transported to the hospital with injuries but the semi driver was uninjured.
While Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies and state troopers were investigating the accident, another car hit a Colorado State Patrol patrol car. There were no injuries in that crash.
The semi involved in the earlier accident began to leak fuel, causing the emergency workers to drain diesel from the truck's fuel tanks to 50 gallon drums.
The highway re-opened at about 10 a.m. on Friday after being closed for more than six hours.
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