Victim identified in off-highway crash; illegal immigrant may have caused another fatal accident

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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The driver and passenger involved in a crash at 56th Avenue and E-470 noted in the Wednesday blog "Speed Kills in Off-Highway Crash" have been identified as Nelson Starks, 49, of Denver (who died as a result of the accident), and Frankie Biggs, 25, Starks' stepson, who was hospitalized. Then, last night, a motorcyclist died in a crash involving a car -- and police have reason to suspect that the driver of the car was in this country illegally. Alert Peter Boyles. Read the release about the latter incident after the jump.

Aurora Police Department release:

Aurora Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Accident

Aurora, Colo. - On May 13, 2009, shortly after 8:30 pm, Aurora Police Officers responded to the intersection of Havana Street and East 1st Avenue on a report of a traffic accident. Responding officers arrived at the scene and found two vehicles - a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Ford Mustang - had collided at the intersection. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital where he later died from injuries sustained during the accident. A young child, who was a passenger in the Mustang, was also transported to a local hospital. Although the child did not appear to be injured, he was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The driver of the Mustang was not injured.

Based on the preliminary accident investigation, investigators believe that the motorcycle was traveling north on Havana Street. As the motorcycle approached East 1st Avenue the driver of the Mustang, who was driving south on Havana Street, attempted to turn left to travel eastbound on East 1st Avenue when the collision occurred. Investigators believe that the traffic light for both vehicles was yellow at the time of the accident. The driver of the Mustang - Fidencio Herrera-Olague, DOB: 12/04/80, was taken into custody and transported to the Aurora Detention Center. Herrera-Olague is being held for investigation of:

• Careless Driving Resulting in Death ($10,000 bond)
• Driving Under Revocation
• Failure to Yield Right-of-way when Turning Left in Front of Approaching Traffic

During the course of the investigation Officers developed probable cause to believe that Herrera-Olague was not legally present in the United States. As a result, the Aurora Detention Center has made the appropriate notification to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

At this early stage of the investigation officers do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in this accident. The deceased driver of the motorcycle is not being identified at this time pending notification of family members.

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