Street racing suspected in pedestrian’s death in southwest Denver; 17-year-old arrested

DENVER — A pedestrian was killed while in an intersection on Sunday night and a 17-year-old has been arrested in an accident that is suspected to be related to street racing, the Denver Police Department said.

The crash happened near West Alameda Avenue and Morrison Road just before 9 p.m.

Police said at a news conference Monday morning that the victim was a 26-year-old man from Denver.

Witnesses told police they saw two vehicles revving their engines at a stoplight and when it turned green, the vehicles took off at a high rate of speed. Police said the pedestrian was hit about a quarter-mile from the light.

Witnesses told police the 17-year-old driver who hit the pedestrian drove off but later returned. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that involved a death.