Seventeen Traffic Fatalities in Aurora in 2015: Learn More About Them Here

A 53-year-old motorcyclist died in a crash with an automobile near South Sable Boulevard and East Bayaud Avenue in Aurora around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17 — distressing news that became even more unsettling given a note at the bottom of the news release about the incident from the Aurora Police Department.

It reads: "This will be the City of Aurora's 17th crash fatality this year."

This number struck us as disturbingly high — and information on the website documents much of the carnage.

The site is a commercial enterprise, not an official government database — but it lists ten separate fatal incidents from Aurora circa 2015 prior to Tuesday's crash, accounting for at least thirteen casualties. Many of them made little news beyond traffic reports about slowdowns as a result of emergency response.

Continue to get more details on the aforementioned traffic fatalities, complete with excerpts from text. Some feature interactive graphics of the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the images, click "View on Google Maps."

In the meantime, be careful out there.

Motorcyclist dead after crashing into sedan on East Iliff Avenue and South Blackhawk Street in Aurora, Colorado
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015

On Sunday evening, a motorcycle was traveling east on East Iliff Avenue when in collided with a car driven by an adult woman with three passengers that was making a left turn onto Blackhawk. The motorcycle struck the right passenger side of the sedan, throwing the driver of the motorcycle onto the street, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. All of the car’s occupants were brought to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuried. Speed appears to have been a factor.

Two people killed, two injured in single-car rollover crash on Chambers Road in Aurora, Colorado
Date: Friday, March 6, 2015

The vehicle was reportedly traveling north on Chambers Road when the driver lost control and the car left the roadway, striking a tree and rolling over. Two people died from injuries sustained in the crash, and two others were injured. Everyone riding in the car appears to have been in their early twenties, but their identities have not yet been released....

Omar Cabrera, 39, killed when alleged drunk driver runs red light and slams into car on South Blackhawk Street in Aurora, Colorado
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Omar Cabera was driving on South Blackhawk Street around 8:30 p.m. when a driver that authorities believe was intoxicated ran through a red light and slammed into his Subaru. Cabera suffered severe injuries and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the other vehicle sustained only minor injuries....

Alcohol suspected in 3-vehicle crash that left a Stephanie M. Windsor, 34, and Michael L. Ingman, 58, dead on North Tower Road and 22nd Avenue in Aurora, Colorado

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The accident that left two people dead in Aurora occurred at 1:55 a.m. Tuesday at North Tower Road and 22nd Avenue, when a GMC Yukon Denali rear-ended a Ford Escort, veered into oncoming traffic, and collided with a Ford F-150....

Jason Soodsma, 41, dead and others injured in head-on two-vehicle crash on East Iliff Avenue and South Quebec Street in Aurora, Colorado

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Just after midnight at the intersection of East Iliff Avenue and South Quebec Street two cars collided head-on. The driver who caused the crash, 22-year-old Jeremy Brown, fled the scene on foot, but was later caught by authorities and taken to jail. At least one person was killed in the accident. The area around where the accident occured was closed as authorities investigated....

One dead, another injured when car strikes tree on South Mission Parkway in Aurora, Colorado
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015

A little before 5 a.m., a late model Scion that was traveling south on Mission Parkway left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver died at the scene. The passenger was transported to a local hospital, and is expected to survive. Police say speed and alcohol might be contributing factors to this crash....

Woman killed when thrown from SUV during rollover on I-225 at East 6th Avenue in Aurora, Colorado

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015

Police responded to an SUV rollover on I-225 Friday at about 4:45 a.m. near East 6th Avenue, in which a passenger was ejected from an Oldsmobile Bravada. The Oldsmobile SUV was southbound when the driver lost control on the icy interstate, striking an RTD bus as it veered out of control and rolled over, ejecting the female victim. The SUV driver was brought the hospital with non-life-threatening injured. Neither person in the Oldsmobile were wearing seat belts. The bus driver was not injured, and no passengers were onboard at the time of the crash....

Rollover car crash kills Hadzigebich (Hadzi) Cosio-Virgen, 25, and Jorge Luis Virgen, 25, and leaves Juan Manuel Cardenas, 25, injured on I-225 and I-70 in Aurora, Colorado
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015

A deadly rollover crash killed two males when one vehicle caught on fire early Saturday morning. Another male, all 25-years-old was ejected from the SUV and was sent to hospital where he is expected to recover. The crash occurred about 4:35 Saturday morning, northbound I-225 and westbound I-70 in Aurora, Colorado. Police believe the red 1999 Isuzu Trooper was driving northbound on I-225 and approaching the westbound I-70 ramp at a high speed. The vehicle lost control, went off the highway and began to roll over several times before coming to a stop....

Man in wheelchair killed after driver loses consciousness, drives onto sidewalk at Alameda Avenue in Aurora, CO
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015

At about 3:30 p.m., the driver of an eastbound vehicle on Alameda Avenue apparently experienced a medical emergency that caused them to lose consciousness and drive up onto the southern sidewalk, where the car struck and killed an unidentified man in a wheelchair. It then continued to collide with a power pole and finally another car. Both the first driver and the driver of that car sustained only minor injuries. We will add more information to this story as it is made available....

One child killed and one injured in two-vehicle car crash at E-470 and 6th Parkway in Aurora, Colorado

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015

One child passenger died and another was hospitalized Sunday after a two-vehicle collision in Aurora at E-470 and 6th Parkway. When the vehicles collided one rolled, one of two juveniles in it was ejected. The juvenile died at Children's Hospital, where the other was receiving medical treatment. The driver of the vehicle was transported to University Hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured....
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