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updated: 5/29/2013 3:18 PM

Aurora police seek help in year-old investigation

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Police renewed their call for public assistance Wednesday in the case of a 23-year-old Aurora motorcyclist struck and killed a year ago by an unknown motorist.

Aurora police said they are hoping the passage of time will spur someone to come forward with information about the other driver in the crash that killed 23-year-old Maxwell J. Torres of Aurora on May 11, 2012.

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Torres was riding his 1990 Honda motorcycle north on Hill Avenue just before 1 p.m. that day when he collided with a white Chevrolet Traverse that pulled out in front of him at Benton Street, authorities said. He died five days later from massive head injuries he suffered after crashing into the rear passenger side of the Traverse.

Police said they found only a few witnesses, despite the fact the crash occurred on a well-traveled street on a Friday afternoon.

Investigators released a security photo of the Traverse, which had red paint transferred from Torres' motorcycle, distributed fliers at the scene, followed numerous telephone tips, checked with local body shops and contacted the owners of dozens of white Chevrolet Traverses in the Aurora area, but found little helpful information.

Police Chief Greg Thomas said in a news release the department is confident "there are additional people who know who is responsible." He said police want those people to come forward and lead investigators to the driver involved in the fatal crash.

Aurora Area Crime Stoppers continues to take anonymous tips at (630) 892-1000 and offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to any arrests in the case. Anyone with information also can call traffic investigators at (630) 256-5330.

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