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Police recover stolen truck in deadly hit-and-run in Aurora; truck partially torched

Posted at 10:02 PM, Oct 02, 2017

AURORA, Colo. -- Police just recovered the stolen pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run that killed a man early Monday morning in Aurora.  

The truck, stolen last month in Adams County, was found partially torched near West 47th Avenue and Elm Court in Denver hours after the crash.  

Police say the driver of the stolen truck struck was traveling westbound on East Colfax around 1 a.m. when the driver struck and killed a pedestrian near Kingston Road.

The driver took off after the crash but was soon spotted by Aurora officers who tried to stop the car near Peoria Street and East 30th Avenue.

Sergeant Chris Carlleton with the Aurora Police Department said officers tried to stop the car, but the suspect fled, and they let the suspect go.

“We won't chase after someone who we think is going to perform a deed that's going to put more folks at risk," said Carlleton. "And you have to weigh in whether catching that person is putting people's lives at risk or not." 

Carlleton says APD's policy only allows them to chase violent offenders. 

“They have to show that they have propensity for violence. They've committed violent felony with a weapon,” said Carlleton. 

Police are still looking for the suspect. They don’t have a description because the windows were tinted. Anyone with information is urged to contact Aurora Police.