The pedestrian who was fatally injured in an accident in Broomfield early this month, has been identified as one of the suspected organizers of the massive street race that gridlocked Interstate 225 on March 7th.
According to the Broomfield Police Department, 21-year-old Anthony Corona was hit by a car while walking along East Interstate 25 Frontage Road, between Highway 7 and County Road 6, around 8:30 p.m. on April 4th.
The police investigation revealed that Corona and an unidentified female had been leaving a baseball game when they got into an argument. Corona pulled over, left the vehicle and started walking, and was later struck by a car.
Corona passed away at the scene of the crash. The driver of the vehicle that struck him remained on the scene and cooperated with the police. No charges have been filed, and the police say that the driver was not distracted or intoxicated at the time of the collision.
Police later determined that Corona and another person were suspected as being responsible for organizing the illegal street race that shutdown I-225 from Alameda to Colfax, in early March.
That incident involved an estimated 600 to 800 vehicles that blocked traffic while participants raced each other on the highway, frustrating commuters and successfully preventing the police from gaining access and shutting the whole thing down. Apparently, some of the people involved taunted the police by waying weapons from their vehicles.
The March 7th event was just one example of how large of a problem illegal street racing has become in the Denver area, a trend that has left many residents feeling unsafe in their own neighborhoods, and has resulted in serious injuries and fatalities.
Corona was reportedly facing seven counts including false imprisonment and reckless endangerment. The other suspect involved, a juvenile, has not been named.
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