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Man arrested in connection to crash that killed woman, 6-year-old girl in Aurora

The crash, which happened near East 6th Avenue and North Chambers Road, involved four vehicles and an electric bike.

AURORA, Colo. — Police arrested a 30-year-old man after a crash that killed a 41-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl and injured a man and a 9-year-old boy in Aurora on Friday night, according to the Aurora Police Department (APD).

In a news release from APD, police say the crash happened at North Chambers Road and East 6th Avenue around 8:13 p.m. on Friday and involved four cars and an electric bike. 

Investigators believe that the suspect, who was driving a red Honda CRV, was driving northbound in the 500 block of North Chambers Road when he crossed the center median and started driving north in the southbound lanes.

Police said the suspect then hit an electric bike at the entrance of a shopping center on the westside of the roadway. The rider of the bike was able to get off before getting hit. 

APD said the suspect continued to drive northbound when he hit a Honda CRV that was traveling eastbound on East 6th Avenue. Police said the suspect then hit two other cars that were stopped at a red light at Chambers Road. 

41-year-old Megan Watson, who was in the CRV, died at the scene of the crash, according to an arrest affidavit. A man and two children were taken to the hospital for their injuries, APD said. One of the children, 6-year-old Mira Watson, was later pronounced dead, according to police.

Police said the man is in critical condition and the 10-year-old boy was treated and released. The other drivers who were hit in the incident were not injured, police said.

Police said the suspect, 30-year-old Juan Pablo Pasqal-Licea of Aurora, was also taken to the hospital for treatment. APD said that once Pasqal-Licea was released from the hospital he was arrested for vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence.

According to the arrest affidavit, Pasqal-Licea told investigators he had drunk three 24-ounce beers between 3:30 p.m., when he had gotten off of work, and 8:15 p.m. when the crash happened.

The intersection of East 6th Avenue and North Chambers Road was closed for several hours Friday night as police investigated the crash. Roads in the area have since reopened. 

Credit: Aurora Police Department
Juan Pablo Pasqal-Licea was arrested in connection with a deadly crash in Aurora.

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