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Man, 2 dogs killed in hit-and-run crash in Aurora

The driver of the SUV that left the roadway and went up on the sidewalk fled the scene on foot, Aurora Police said.

AURORA, Colo. — A man and two dogs were killed in a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian in southeast Aurora.

About 2:30 a.m., Aurora 911 received reports of a crash near the intersection of South Reservoir Road near East Mansfield Avenue, according to a release from the Aurora Police Department (APD).

When crews arrived on scene, they found a 41-year-old man lying in the grass nearby, along with two dogs. All three were pronounced deceased at the scene, police said.

According to APD's initial investigation, a Toyota Sequoia was traveling south on South Reservoir Road when it left the roadway near East Mansfield Avenue. The Sequoia struck the pedestrian and two dogs on the sidewalk, along with a bus stop, numerous signs and an electrical box, according to the release.

The Sequoia came to rest in the center median of South Reservoir Road, police said.

The driver of the Toyota, an unknown man, abandoned the vehicle and left the scene on foot before police arrived, APD said.

Southbound lanes of South Reservoir Road were closed at East Mansfield Avenue for several hours during the investigation, according to police.

The identity of the man will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after next of kin has been notified.

Video from SKY9 showed tire tracks in the grass on the right side of the roadway. The video also showed a bus stop bench and sign that were heavily damaged and appeared to have been hit by a vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Credit: KUSA

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

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