Denver Post reporter fatally struck by suspected drunk driver

DENVER -- A female pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle near Denver Country Club on Wednesday night in an accident in which alcohol might have been involved, the Denver Police Department said.

The Denver Post reported Thursday morning the woman was Colleen O'Connor, a reporter for the newspaper. The Post said O'Connor joined the newspaper in July 2004.

“I can’t imagine a more thoughtful, kind colleague. She was quick with a compliment and quick with a hug or pat on the back or thoughtful word,” Denver Post editor Lee Ann Colacioppo said in a message Thursday, the newspaper reported.

"She picked up my spirits more often than I could count. We are a poorer place without her and I offer my deepest condolences to those of you who knew her best.”

O’Connor was a reporter for the newspaper's Now Team, and previously was a food writer and city desk reporter.

Investigators said they were looking into whether alcohol played a role in the crash, which happened about 8 p.m. at East First Avenue and South Downing Street.

Police said O'Connor was in the crosswalk and the man driving the vehicle was heading eastbound on Speer Boulevard, which turns to East First Avenue at Downing.

Police said they were looking at who had the right of way at the time of the collision. Police initially said O'Connor suffered serious injures but less than two hours later, they said she had died.

The identity of the man driving the vehicle has not been released. Police did not say if the driver was taken into custody.