2 killed after being struck by vehicle on 56th Avenue at Pena

DENVER -- Two people were killed after being struck by a vehicle on Thursday morning, the Denver Police Department said.

Police responded to a possible hit-and-run just after 5 a.m. at East 56th Avenue on the west side of the on- and off-ramps of Pena Boulevard.

Sgt. Mike Farr said a vehicle was stopped on 56th Avenue and a driver was outside for unknown reasons. The driver made contact with the driver of another vehicle and "ended up on the ground," Farr said.

A good Samaritan driver then stopped at the scene to assist. That's when another vehicle approached, and struck the good Samaritan driver and the driver who was on the ground.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene and the second person was taken to a hospital and was later pronounced dead.

Eastbound 56th Avenue was closed at Memphis Street and westbound was closed at Tower Road as police investigated. The off-ramps from northbound and southbound Pena were also closed. Pena Boulevard to and from Denver International Airport remained open.

Both directions of 56th Avenue reopened just before 9 a.m.

The names, ages and gender of the victims have not been released.