Couple killed in Aurora traffic crash were married for 25 years

A Montbello couple, married for 25 years, died in an early morning two-vehicle crash in Aurora.

The couple were identified Monday by the Adams County Coroner’s Office as Rosalino Gonzalez-Salinas, 56, and 55-year-old Sandra Tapia-Cisneros.

The crash happened at about 12:35 a.m. Sept. 19 near East 38th Avenue and North Windsor Drive, according to police. They died at the scene.

Gonzalez-Salinas, a metal worker, had picked up his wife, Tapia-Cisneros, from her janitorial job and they were driving home when the crash happened, said Ben Rhoton, a friend of the couple who is dating their middle daughter, 22-year-old Aitza.

“They were the kindest people in the world,” Rhoton said. “They worked hard and did everything they could for their daughters and the community.”

The couple is also survived by daughters Karen, 23, and 16-year-old Adamaris.

Tapia-Cisneros was known in her community for organizing toy drives for children and a turkey drive for families around Thanksgiving, Rhoton said. Gonzalez-Salinas loaned neighbors and friends tools as a way to help out.

“They always had smiles on their faces and were doing everything for everyone,” Rhoton said. “Their daughters were really distraught, it hit them really hard.”

A GoFundMe page has been organized by Rhoton to help the survivors with funeral and memorial expenses. The GFM goal is $50,000. As of Tuesday afternoon about 423 donors had raised just under over $43,000.

The crash involved a Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Gonzalez-Salinas, and a Chevrolet Cruz. The driver of the Cruz was taken to a local hospital and was still there as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Cruz was traveling eastbound on 38th Avenue when the Malibu was turning left from Windsor to go west on 38th when the Cruz collided with the Malibu, police said. The driver of the Cruz was going at a “high-rate of speed prior to the collision.” An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call police at 303-739-7000, or call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 (STOP).

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