LONE TREE, Colo. (CBS4) – After several hours of searching, police arrested the driver of the SUV wanted in a deadly hit-and-run crash early Thursday morning on C-470.
The crash happened just west of the Interstate 25 interchange in Lone Tree in the eastbound lanes of the highway. Emergency crews responded to the scene just after 3 a.m.
“On scene the initial investigation disclosed there were two vehicles involved,” said Lone Tree Police Sgt. Ryan Gallegos. “It looks like the white sedan came over and struck the silver SUV head-on.”
Police said their initial investigation showed that a white sedan was traveling westbound and crossed over into the eastbound lanes and crashed head on into an SUV.
The driver of the SUV, Dennis Dolce, was killed.
Lakewood police told CBS4 Lakewood resident Erin Finn alerted them just before 5 a.m. that the sedan was stolen.
Finn, 20, told officers that the sedan was stolen overnight off the street near 10th and Ingalls Street. She told police that she was out on Halloween night and took two men home.
When she woke up both the car and the guys were gone. Finn told police she only knew the men by their first names.
Finn surrendered to police at about 7 p.m. Thursday when officers executed a search warrant at her home in the 1040 block of Ingalls Street in Lakewood.
Finn was being held in the Douglas County Jail on charges of vehicular homicide.
Police said there were reports that there were two people in the sedan, but so far they haven’t been able to locate them.
“We have been very thorough. We have to contact everyone that was involved in the crash and investigate it properly,” said Gallegos.
Finn’s father told CBS4 before she was taken into custody that he was concerned about the stolen car and his daughter because she had recently borrowed the car.
“I’m actually shocked. I don’t know exactly what’s going on but it really doesn’t sound good,” said Dave Trujillo.
The eastbound lanes of C-470 were closed for more than five hours after the crash, and the closure resulted in long backups during the morning commute.