Austin Strasser, 3, killed when he, his sister Audrey Strasser, 5, and mother Tiffanie Strasser were struck by car while walking in a crosswalk on University Boulevard in Denver, Colorado

Modified Date: 
Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:48am
Accident Date: 
Friday, February 13, 2015

Child fatally hit by car in Denver was protector of his blind sister

The toddler's family is asking for donations in lieu of flowers. Donations should be sent to the Sewall Child Development Center, where Austin went to preschool, or the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School, where the boy was going to attend school next year. The family asks that donations be made out in Austin's name.

New Signs For Intersection Where Toddler Was Killed By Car

The city said the new yield signs should be able to be installed very quickly, possibly within a week. It should also be learned next week whether the driver will face any charges.

Neighbors Mourn Boy Struck By Car In Bonnie Brae

Flowers piled up at the intersection of South University Boulevard and East Ohio Avenue on Sunday, after the neighborhood learned that a 3-year-old hit by a car there on Friday did not survive.

78-year-old driver cited in crosswalk collision that killed 3-year-old boy, injured mom and sister

Careless driving resulting in death is a misdemeanor in Colorado. Careless driving resulting in injury is a traffic offense.

Bonnie Brae Businesses Holding Fundraiser For 3-Year-Old Killed In Accident

The businesses on that block are donating a percentage of sales to the Sewall Child Development Center in Austin’s name.

Denver woman ordered to spend 1 day in jail in Bonnie Brae crash that killed toddler

She had been charged with careless driving resulting in death and two counts of careless driving resulting in injury. As part of the deal that was rejected, Hinkemeyer had agreed to perform 200 hours of community service and to take a driving class. 

Prosecutor: 200 Hours Community Service Not A Good Sentence For A Volunteer

Another deal with stricter conditions was presented and Hinkemeyer accepted a sentence of 200 community service hours, a driving course, one day in jail and 30 days home detention.
At about 5 p.m., Tiffanie Strasser and her children were legally crossing in a crosswalk when a driver turned southbound onto University Boulevard from Ohio Avenue and struck them. Austin Strasser, 3, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say the driver, a woman, had a green light and will not be named unless she is charged with crime. The driver, later identified as Joan Hinkemeyer, 78, was charged with one count of careless driving resulting in death and two counts of careless driving resulting in injury. 
People Involved: 
Tiffanie Strasser
Austin Strasser
Audrey Strasser
Joan Hinkemeyer
Denver, CO
Denver, CO

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