Just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, an Aurora Police officer was at East Mississippi Avenue and South Peoria Street when he saw a silver 2001 Chevy Tahoe traveling southbound on Peoria, approaching the intersection. The driver of the Tahoe failed to stop for a red light at that intersection. That is when the officer attempted to stop the car.
The driver of the Tahoe continued southbound for a block, turning right onto Kansas Drive and stopping. As the officer exited the patrol car, the driver drove away, traveling through an apartment complex parking lot. The Tahoe left the area northbound on Peoria St. at a high rate of speed. The officer began to follow the Tahoe for a brief time.
A little later, an Aurora Police sergeant saw the Tahoe driving an estimated 90 mph near South Peoria Street and East Exposition Avenue. The Tahoe continued speeding northbound, and that is when the sergeant lost sight of the car.
The sergeant was then told by a witness that the SUV went north toward Del Mar Park, turning right at Del Mar Circle.
The sergeant checked the area and found the SUV, which had crashed into the park after the driver lost control.
The Tahoe had extensive damage and the driver's door was found open. The driver was found lying just inside the park about 60 feet behind the SUV. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers found a two-year-old and a three-year-old inside the car. Neither was injured. Both were unrestrained and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. One of the children told officers that the driver had "fallen out" of the Tahoe.
The investigation found the driver is the father of the two children. He had been involved in an argument with the children's mother in Denver. When he left the area, the mother and her sister were injured as they attempted to stop the driver from leaving with the children.
Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in this incident.
The intersection of Del Mar Circle and Peoria was closed for close to four hours.
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