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3 dead after driver suffers apparent medical emergency, crashes into pedestrians in Aurora

The driver of a van crashed into and killed two pedestrians in Aurora on Wednesday afternoon after suffering an apparent medical emergency, police said.

The van’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene as were two adult pedestrians, who were struck on the sidewalk along East Iliff Avenue near South Buckley Road around 1:10 p.m., Aurora police spokesman Francisco Saucedo said during a news briefing.

“One of our investigators was able to communicate with the passenger (of the van), who stated that (the driver) was suffering from some kind of medical problem,” Saucedo said.

The driver was male and the two pedestrians who were killed were women, police said. Ages were not yet available, and their names will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office following notification of next-of-kin.

Investigators will work to determine what happened to the driver, he added.

Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post

A driver and two pedestrians are dead after the driver suffered an apparent medical emergency and struck people on the sidewalk along East Iliff Avenue near South Buckley Road in Aurora on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

The passenger, a woman, and a third pedestrian, a man, were transported to an area hospital, police said. The passenger suffered minor injuries, but the pedestrian was determined not to have been hurt, he said.

The van was traveling westbound on Iliff and jumped a curb, hit the pedestrians on the sidewalk and later crashed into a tree.

Westbound Iliff has been shut down at South Pagosa Way and is expected to remain closed for some time as investigators work the scene.

Around 2:45 p.m., police said traffic investigators were on scene and planned to “electronically scan the area and piece together what led up to this tragic crash.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.