Fire­fight­ers res­cue from ravine the driver who fled af­ter Red Rocks park­ing lot crash

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

A driver who struck and injured two fe­male pedes­tri­ans, then crashed into as many as nine parked cars fol­low­ing a Red Rocks con­cert, was res­cued af­ter he ran, tum­bled and rolled 300 feet down a steep ravine, au­thor­i­ties say.

The sus­pect was taken to the hos­pi­tal with var­i­ous in­juries, but the two women who were struck were not se­ri­ously hurt, said John White, Den­ver po­lice spokesman.

Den­ver po­lice say the pedes­trian col­li­sion hap­pened shortly be­fore 10:30 p.m. in the park­ing lot af­ter a con­cert fea­tur­ing Pink Mar­tini with The Colorado Sym­phony and spe­cial guest Ru­fus Wain­wright at Red Rocks Am­phithe­atre.

“A gen­tle­man was driv­ing er­rat­i­cally, hit a cou­ple of folks and then drove into a ravine,” said Gary Arm­strong, spokesman for West Metro Fire District. “Noth­ing too dra­matic.”

Af­ter strik­ing the women, the sus­pect also crashed into a line of be­tween six to nine ve­hi­cles be­fore jump­ing out of his bat­tered car and run­ning, Arm­strong said. His mis­for­tunes con­tin­ued to mount dur­ing his ap­par­ent es­cape at­tempt.

Af­ter the sus­pect ran off the edge of a ravine, he tum­bled, got up and then re­peated the se­quence un­til he couldn’t move again, Arm­strong said.

“Part of that was run­ning, part of that was rolling and part of that was fall­ing,” Arm­strong said.

Po­lice of­fi­cers found the man in the ravine, White said. His name has not been re­leased.

The West Metro Fire District was called to the scene at 11:17 p.m. Fire­fight­ers and paramedics set up an an­chor and at­tached a se­ries of ropes to a pul­ley sys­tem. The sus­pect was placed onto a back­board and loaded into a wire mesh bas­ket and tugged up the 300-foot slope, Arm­strong said.

“It took a few hours,” he said.

The two women who were struck were not taken to the hos­pi­tal, Arm­strong added.

“It was a bear get­ting the car out of the ravine though,” he said.

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