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Woman dies after being struck by 'steel projectile' while driving on I-225

Her vehicle also hit another car and slid into a concrete barrier. Investigators aren't sure if the crash or projectile caused her death.

AURORA, Colo. — A woman died after a "steel projectile"went through her driver's side window and struck her which caused her to hit another car and then slide into a concrete barrier on Interstate 225 in Aurora Friday morning, according to the Aurora Police Department (APD).

It's unclear if the 44-year-old woman died as a result of the crash, being struck by the projectile or if both contributed to her death, APD said.

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Officers responded to the crash just after 10 a.m. on southbound  I-225 just north of East Colfax Avenue and initially thought the woman, who was driving a maroon Cadillac SUV, suffered a medical episode which caused her to crash. 

They now believe a steel projectile "from an unknown origin" went through her driver's side window and hit her, which caused her to collide with another vehicle and slide into a barrier.

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The other vehicle involved had minor damage, APD said.

The woman's name will be released by the Adams County coroner at a later time.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has footage from a dash camera is asked to call APD or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers  

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. 

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 are 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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