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Man Suspected Of DUI In Fatal Hit & Run In Denver

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Johnny Lee Hockaday (credit: Denver Police Department)

Johnny Lee Hockaday (credit: Denver Police Department)

DENVER (CBS4) – One person is dead after a crash on 13th Avenue in Denver Monday night.

Sonny Jackson with Denver police said officers responded to a rollover accident at 13th Avenue and Washington Street around 11:30 p.m.

“Preliminary investigation indicates the suspect vehicle was traveling westbound on 13th Avenue and failed to stop for the red light,” Jackson said in a statement. “The vehicle broadsided another vehicle traveling southbound on Washington Street.”

hit run map Man Suspected Of DUI In Fatal Hit & Run In Denver

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Jackson said the southbound vehicle hit a concrete barrier, rolled over on its roof and then hit a business at 638 East 13th Avenue.

“The lone occupant (adult male) was extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel and was pronounced dead at the scene,” Jackson said.

The victim has been identified as Roland Smith, 63.

The suspect vehicle then also hit a parked car and the driver, identified as Johnny Lee Hockaday, 28, walked away from the scene. He was found a short time later and arrested.

Hockaday is being held for investigation of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and other traffic charges.

“There was adult passenger in Hockaday’s vehicle who was transported to Denver Health Medical Center with serious bodily injuries,” Jackson said.

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