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