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Crash scene photo courtesy KKTV.

Police are looking for a driver who abandoned their passenger, leaving them to die, after rolling a vehicle early Wednesday in eastern Colorado Springs.

An officer attempted to pull over a white SUV about 3:10 a.m. after they observed the driver commit a traffic violation near South Murray Boulevard and East Pikes Peak Avenue, spokesman Lt. Jim Sokolik in a statement said.

Instead of stopping, the SUV raced down Pikes Peak Avenue. The officer didn’t chase the SUV, the statement said.

Minutes later, officers found the same SUV on its side in the front yard of a house less than one mile away, in the 3900 block of East Pikes Peak Avenue, Sokolik said. Inside, they found a dead passenger.

The name of the dead passenger hasn’t been released.

Police were investigating the crash as a hit-and-run and believe the SUV might have been stolen, the agency said on its website.

They have not released a description of the driver. Police also didn’t release more information about the vehicle.

The fatal crash marks the 35th traffic-related death in Colorado Springs this year, police said.

Reach Olivia Prentzel at olivia.prentzel@gazette.com. Twitter: @oliviaprentzel

Reach Olivia at olivia.prentzel@gazette.com.

Twitter: @oliviaprentzel

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