Aurora man arrested after fatal drunken-driving crash

Aurora man arrested after fatal drunken-driving crash

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A 45-year-old Aurora man was arrested for vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after police say he crashed his truck into a tree Monday, fatally injuring a passenger.

James Cooke was driving a 1999 Ford F-150 on East Smoky Hill Road around 4 p.m. Monday when he drove off the road near South Riviera Way and crashed into a tree, according to a Wednesday news release from the Aurora Police Department.

A 46-year-old woman was ejected during the crash and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. She died early Wednesday morning, Aurora police said.

The woman will be identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

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