Two people have been identified in connection to the takeover of Interstate 225 in Aurora last month that resulted in hundreds of cars being trapped during an illegal street racing event.
The Aurora Police Department identified 21-year-old Anthony Corona as the facilitator of the incident; however, Corona was hit by a car and died on April 4 before investigators formally filed charges against him.
Broomfield police said Corona was hit while walking on the East Interstate 25 Frontage Road. Corona had gotten out of his own car and started walking after getting into an argument with the woman who is pregnant with his child.
Before his death, police were in the process of charging Corona with conspiracy, reckless endangerment, obstructing a highway, disorderly conduct, exhibition of speed, reckless driving, impeding flow of traffic and 45 counts of false imprisonment reflecting those trapped on I-225 during the incident.
A teenage boy was also identified as being involved in the incident. He has been charged with reckless driving, driving while license is canceled and engaging in a speed exhibition. Since the boy is a minor, his identity will not be released.
These will likely be the only charges filed, Aurora police said Wednesday.
Police said the incident happened on March 7 at around 9 p.m. on southbound I-225 between East Alameda Avenue and East Colfax Avenue.
Witnesses reported street racers were intentionally blocking traffic and driving recklessly, with some setting off fireworks in the road, holding guns out of car windows and engaging in “burnouts,” generating smoke from the wheels and impeding visibility on the highway.
Police estimate that 600 to 800 cars were stopped on the highway during the incident, though they are unsure how many cars were participating and how many were trapped.
In response to this and other recent street racing events, police will now begin using Aurora Municipal Code 137-7 to target the owners of cars involved in illegal activities, even if the owner of the car was not the one driving.
This tactic will be used to prosecute traffic violations including reckless driving, careless driving, speed exhibitions, trespassing and reckless endangerment.
If the driver cannot be identified, the owner of the car being used in illegal activities will be sent a letter saying if the activity continues, the owner will be subject to prosecution.
“As the vehicle owner, you are hereby notified that you must make a good faith effort to prevent, through appropriate action or otherwise, any person from re-committing any of the above acts or other street racing related acts contrary to law with your vehicle."
Residents are encouraged to report street racing to reportstreetracing.com.