Woman killed, Westminster officer injured in stolen vehicle crash

A stolen vehicle slammed into a police car in Westminster early Wednesday, killing one woman and injuring three other people.

Westminster police say they observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on 92nd Avenue with a blown-out tire and its hazard lights on at about 12:16 a.m. on Wednesday. Officials say that Westminster dispatch had previously advised officers that the same car was stolen and could be in the area.

A police car failed to stop the stolen car and did not purse, according to the Westminster Police Department.

Police said the stolen vehicle then continued eastbound on 92nd Avenue at a high rate of speed and ran a red light at 92nd Avenue and Westminster Boulevard. At the intersection, the vehicle collided with a police vehicle going south on Westminster Boulevard.

The officer and a civilian in the cruiser were injured and later released from the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver and a passenger in the stolen vehicle were transported to the hospital. The female passenger was later pronounced dead, authorities say.

The Jefferson County coroner’s office has yet to release the woman’s identity.

Police are asking drivers to avoid the intersection of 92nd Avenue and Westminster Boulevard Wednesday morning.

Colorado State Patrol is leading the investigation.

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