Woman killed after 3-car crash in Aurora on July 4; police searching for 3 people who fled the scene

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jul 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-08 16:04:32-04

AURORA, Colo. – A three-car crash late Sunday night resulted in a woman's death, and police are now searching for three people believed have been inside the vehicle at fault.

A Nissan Rogue a Chrysler Town & Country minivan were traveling southbound on North Havana Street at around 11:30 p.m. on July 4 when a Chevy Avalanche that was traveling northbound on Havana Street crossed the centerline and struck the Nissan head on as the vehicles passed North Del Mar Parkway, according to police. The Nissan then struck the minivan which was in the lane next to it, police said in a news release.

Three people inside Chevy Avalanche ran away from the scene following the crash, a news release from the Aurora Police Department states.

The driver and the passenger of the Nissan – a man and a woman – were taken to a hospital for treatment, but the woman died from injuries sustained in the crash, police said. The people inside the minivan were not injured in the crash.

The woman was identified Wednesday as 20-year-old Karla Ruiz-Cazarez.

Havana Street was closed for several hours as investigators combed the scene.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or who may have information about the identity of the three people believed to have been inside the vehicle at fault, is asked to call the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. Tipster to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Editor's note on Thursday, July 8 at 1:58 p.m.: This story was updated with the identity of the woman who was killed following Sunday's crash.