DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police are reviewing surveillance video they hope will provide some clues about a deadly hit-and-run Monday morning.
David Pickett, 50, was killed while riding his bike to work near 46th and Josephine at about 5:15 a.m. A memorial for Pickett was visible near the spot where he died on Tuesday and posters have gone up in the area asking for help with the investigation into what happened.
Two truck drivers saw Pickett in the street and reported it to police but police say they have no description of the vehicle that apparently struck Pickett. They are hoping with anyone with information that could be helpful in the case will come forward.Pickett was in the habit of riding his bike 11 miles from his home in Lakewood to work every morning. When he got to the AT&T office where he and his brother worked he would call his wife Maggie and say “I’m here and I love you.” On Monday that call never came.
Pickett’s brothers told CBS he just celebrated his 50th birthday with friends and family on Sunday.
“He got to fish on Saturday and he was just in such a good mood and had such a great weekend and that brings some comfort to us,” his brother Jeff said.
Pickett had been training for Ride the Rockies, the annual summer bike event through the Colorado mountains.
“You understand things like this happen. Your head understands it but your heart doesn’t. That’s where I’m at; that’s where we’re all at,” said his brother Jeff.
“I just know my brother’s in heaven,” his brother Mike said. “He loved people and the Lord. He loved his family. He was just a beautiful man. We’re going to miss him a lot.”
Dave and his wife Maggie had been married for 11 years. He volunteered with the prison ministry at the Sterling Correctional Facility.
Pastor Ron Dalton, a friend of Pickett, said that even though the family is grieving, they know he’s in a better place.
“He had a gentle spirit and a great smile and he was a warrior for Christ,” Dalton said.
As police try and piece together evidence, Mike Pickett told CBS4 he wants the person who took away his brother to come forward.
“I just pray this doesn’t happen to anybody else — that somebody can come forward and be honest. … Be a person of integrity.”
A memorial fund has been set up in Pickett’s name at the Grace Church of Arvada. All the money raised will be donated to a non-profit of the family’s choice.
Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at (720) 913-2000. Remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.