DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver have arrested a suspect in last week’s fatal hit-and-run next to the University of Denver campus.
Denver officers, with assistance from Aurora police, arrested Andrew Simpson, 45, on Monday night in the 1600 block of Hanover Street.
Police also say they located the SUV that they believe struck and killed Masoud Bahramisharif, a 21-year-old DU student. The SUV hit Bahramisharif while he was crossing the street with his bike at University and Evans in the evening on May 31.
Police examined a 2007 dark red Jeep Grand Cherokee and found the damage was consistent with the vehicle they were seeking.
“Hit-and-runs are amazingly difficult crimes to solve because we not only have to locate a vehicle, but we now have to put a driver behind the wheel,” Sgt. Michael Farr with Denver Police Traffic Investigations said.
Police say there may have been a second person in the hit-and-run vehicle.
Simpson tentatively faces vehicular homicide charges.
Edward Goodwin, Simpson’s former roommate, said the news of the arrest of his friend was devastating.
“I’ve known him for a long time. It’s just hard to believe that he would hit somebody and run. I don’t know if he hit somebody or not but that’s what the news says, and it’s just hard to believe because inside of him he’s an excellent person. One of the best persons that I’ve known for a long time,” Goodwin told CBS4.
Tyshika Perry witnessed Simpson’s arrest.
“His friend that stays in that apartment building was just pretty much saying that he made a bad mistake and to give him a break,” Perry said.
Simpson has a lengthy arrest record mostly involving drugs. Police haven’t released his picture because of lineups can be conducted.