More details released about hit-and-run car incident in Aspen
Aspen police released more details Wednesday about a car that struck a woman walking across Main Street on Friday night and kept going.
The dark-colored, — and possibly maroon — sedan that hit Alicia Smith, 45, was described by witnesses as a smaller sized, older model, four-door sedan, said Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn. The car was low to the ground and either was suffering engine trouble or had an enhanced exhaust system, he said. It also had yellow headlights and likely received some form of front-end damage, Linn said.
One witness also reported seeing a Colorado license plate on the car that read QUJ-256, Linn said. Police tracked that to a black Audi sedan, but determined it was not in Aspen at the time of the hit and run, he said. Nevertheless, the vehicle may have a license plate with a similar grouping of letters and numbers, Linn said.
Smith was crossing Main Street at Spring Street at about 7:45 p.m. when she heard the car coming west around Original Curve and tried to hurry across the street, said Jason Fishburn, Smith’s boyfriend. She told police she thought the car sped up before it hit her while another witness said he saw no brake lights, indicating the car never even tried to stop for her.
Smith suffered a serious head injury and was flown to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, where she underwent emergency brain surgery Saturday, Fishburn said. She remained in the intensive care unit at the hospital Wednesday, though she appears to be improving, he said.
“Everything is pointing to the positive,” Fishburn said.
Smith will likely remain in ICU for another day or so and then will probably have to stay in the hospital another few days after that, he said.
Smith has lived in Aspen for more than 20 years and most recently worked at The Gant lodge, Fishburn has said.
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