Aurora police announce potential charges against two people suspected of involvement in street racing incident that closed I-225
Aurora police on Wednesday announced potential charges against two people who they say played a major role in organizing, and participating in, a street racing event last month that resulted in massive gridlock on Interstate 225.
Police said 21-year-old Anthony Corona was a “facilitator or organizer” of the March 7 race, in which vehicles were performing “burnouts” and some occupants were holding guns outside their vehicle windows, according to an Aurora police blog post.
But before he could be formally charged, Corona died in a crash in Broomfield on April 4. As a result of his death, the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit has closed his case.
Corona was facing potential charges of conspiracy, reckless endangerment, impeding traffic, obstructing a highway and disorderly conduct. He also could have faced a charge of false imprisonment due to motorists being trapped on I-225 during the incident.
Police said a male juvenile, whose name was not released, may face charges of reckless driving, driving with a canceled license and speeding. He has been issued a criminal summons to appear in Arapahoe County Court.
Police originally said between 600 and 800 vehicles were involved in the street racing incident in the southbound lanes of I-225, between East Alameda and East Colfax avenues. But on Wednesday, police said it is “unclear exactly how many people were impacted versus intentionally involved in impeding the flow of traffic and other unlawful traffic violations.”
Police said it took them about 20 minutes to navigate through the gridlock to get to the area where the street racers were active.
Street racing has become an increasingly vexing problem in the metro area in recent months. Denver police made 111 arrests in 2020 in connection to street racing, up from an average of 80 arrests per year between 2017 and 2019, department data shows.
Police have made 24 arrests so far this year.
One of those arrests was of John Dahmer, suspected of crashing his SUV into a vehicle occupied by Jessica Allen, a mother of two. Allen was killed in the April 3 incident, in which police say Dahmer was street racing through downtown Denver.
Aurora will now notify owners of vehicles that are involved in illegal activities on the roadways, regardless of whether they were the driver of the vehicle, with a letter stating that if the activity continues they could be subject to prosecution.
Police encourage the public to report street racing to www.ReportStreetRacing.com.
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