Details Scarce After Driver Kills Pedestrian on Federal Blvd, the Fourth Such Death in 2017

Image: CBS4
Image: CBS4

It’s been almost two weeks since a driver killed a person walking on Federal Boulevard near Florida Avenue. We don’t know much more than that.

Denver PD hasn’t released the crash report, which would give the public a basic summation of what happened the night of June 8. Was the driver speeding? Were there witnesses? Officer John White, a Denver PD public information officer, told Streetsblog he couldn’t say.

The investigation is ongoing and the report “probably won’t be done for a couple of weeks,” White said.

Here’s we know: The victim was a white male in his late 40s, according to Denver PD. The coroner’s office has identified the man, but hasn’t released his name because because next of kin have yet to be located, said Steve Castro, operations supervisor. He may have been disabled, as he used a walker, a friend of the victim told CBS4.

The same friend said a driver nearly struck the victim the night before, when a car went careening into a business. “In the same place, another car went into the nail salon last night and almost hit him then,” he told CBS4. “He got by last night but he didn’t get by tonight.”

Federal, designed to facilitate fast driving, is probably the deadliest place to walk in Denver. Of the seven pedestrians killed by drivers in Denver this year (including 11-year-old Damien Solis, who was technically crossing the street into Denver), four were walking on Federal.

No one wants Denver PD to rush the investigation, but transparency is key if the Hancock administration plans to achieve its commitment to ending the public health crisis of traffic deaths. We’ll keep you updated as the city releases more information.

An earlier version of this article misstated what the police told CBS4. The driver in the previous night’s crash was speeding, police said. Denver PD did not comment on the driver’s speed involved in the crash that killed the victim on June 8.

  • deadindenver

    This is one of last areas of Denver that is sorta maybe affordable to lower income and disabled folks. I live in the area and there a quite a few people using walkers and wheelchairs. But in a city where the Mayor is busy keeping developers happy, these folks get no respect.

  • TakeFive

    I suspect it doesn’t matter but it appears the “speeding driver” reference went to the previous night’s crash by a van into the hair salon.

    Always a tragedy when anyone dies needlessly.

  • What if there was a way this driver could have started the braking ¾ of a second sooner and stopped 30 – 40 feet shorter. There is. Sad that those in charge of driver legislation and training refuse to teach student drivers the safer left foot braking method and ban driving instructors from teaching the very complicated and difficult to mentally maintain especially for older drivers, inefficient(poor stopping distance) and dangerous (right foot pedal errors) right foot braking on automatic cars. See DOT HS 811 597 and 812 058. Score to date 30,000 – 150,000 dead, millions injured, and billions in costs. The price men are apparently willing to pay to maintain their systemic belief in right foot braking on automatic cars even though they have zero scientific justification. As one transportation “expert” said “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about who has the safer braking method but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods!

    • Rick Chase

      What if there was away to PROVE your statements. I haven’t seen any. The DOT documents don’t say anything about left foot braking and there are no numbers to match yours on the internet.
      Why don’t you tell the nice people why you don’t (or can’t) defend yourself?

    • Rick Chase

      BTW, are you so callus and cold hearted that you can’t even offer condolences to the family and friends of the victim?

  • Rick Chase

    Condolences to the family and friends of the victim. Hopefully something an be done about this area to make it safer.

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