DENVER (CBS4) – A makeshift memorial with bouquets of flowers was set up on Tuesday outside a Denver record store in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood after a fatal hit & run that happened there.

The Monday night crash killed Ronald Stith, 64. Police say Johnny Lee Hockaday, 28, was likely driving drunk when he blew through a red light at 13th and Washington and slammed into Stith’s car.

Police say Stith’s car then hit a concrete barrier, rolled over on its roof and smashed into the front of Wax Trax, a music store.

Duane Davis, the owner, told CBS4 his store has been hit by cars countless times in the last 33 years but that this is the first time someone has died in one of the wrecks.

“Someone’s already put up some flowers in memory of him, which is very sad,” said Davis, whose store remains open despite the damage.

Police say Hockaday walked away from the scene after the crash. He was found a short time later and arrested. There was an adult in the car with him and that person was not hurt. Hockaday is being held for investigation of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and other traffic charges.

Jenny Alpert was nearby when the crash happened and she told CBS4 it sounded horrible.

“There was a really loud screeching noise and then a crash,” she said.

After she ran out to see what happened she said the crash scene was shocking.

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Johnny Lee Hockaday (credit: Denver Police Department)

“The car was completely mangled and smashed in, as you can see all the bricks were taken out,” she said.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Stith’s car was struck in the worst way.

“It was hit just right to where it went up and then went down, and hit the building,” he said.

Davis says he doesn’t know what to feel after the tragic crash.

“Everything is fixable, but this poor guy who was in the car that got hit, that’s the bad part,” he said.


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