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Colorado Driver Hits, Kills Woman Confronting Him Over Earlier Crash

Henry Lawrence Wardwell Allegedly killed Juliet Delores Powell in a hit-and-run, police said.

By Noah Hurowitz

A Colorado man fatally ran down a mother Monday afternoon after he tried to drive off from an earlier crash, police said.

Henry Lawrence Wardwell, 47, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide after horrified onlookers chased after him as he hit the woman, dragging her for several blocks when she became stuck under the wheels of his the camper hitched to his pickup truck, police said in a statement.

The victim was identified by police as 47-year-old Juliet Delores Powell, according to KUSA 7 Denver.

The mayhem began at about 5:30 Monday afternoon, when Wardwell backed into a sedan in which Powell and her husband were sitting, and took off without acknowledging the crash, police said.

Powell and her husband drove after Wardwell, trying to get his attention, and after being followed for several blocks, Wardwell pulled over and Powell and her husband got out to speak with him, according to a statement from Aurora Police.

As the couple walked toward the pickup, however, Wardwell swung the vehicle around in a U-turn, hitting Powell and trapping her under the wheels of the camper, police said.

As he drove off, several witnesses called 911 and followed Wardwell as he tried to escape, keeping the cops updated on his whereabouts until they managed to nab the alleged hit-and-runner about 13 minutes after the incident began, police said.

Emergency responders rushed Powell to the hospital, but she died of her injuries, according to police.

Wardwell was charged with vehicular manslaughter and ordered held without bond, record show. He was due back in court Wednesday morning.