Loveland Reporter-Herald

Police: Woman killed in Lodo crash last week was a bystander of street racing


A woman killed in a T-bone crash in lower downtown Denver earlier this month is a bystander of street racing, police said.

Jessica Marie Allen, a mother of two, was killed on April 3 when she was broadsided at 18th and Lawrence streets while delivering food. Two people were injured, including a pedestrian who was hit with flying debris.

John Dahmer, the driver who allegedly T-boned Allen, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and DUI. Police said Dahmer was driving a white SUV that “drag raced” with the driver of a black pickup truck in downtown Denver.

“It beyond saddens me that because of the dangerous decision to drag race, Jessica Allen is no longer with us,” said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen in a news release. “The consequenc­es of drag racing are real and I hope that the next time someone considers racing that they think of Jessica and how this careless act changed the lives of her loved ones and our community.”

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