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Police Find SUV, Not Driver, In Fatal Denver Hit & Run

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DENVER (CBS4) – Police say they have impounded the vehicle they believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Southeast Denver, but the driver so far has not been located.

The crash happened Thursday at about 6:07 p.m. on Leetsdale Drive near the intersection with Quebec, close to the Villas at Parker. A woman, Zewde Ali, was crossing Leetsdale from the south side of the street to the north side when she was struck by a car heading east that apparently veered into the middle lane and the driver drove off.

It’s believed Ali, 61, was crossing the street from a bus stop, but she wasn’t in a crosswalk.

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Police said early Friday the vehicle was found parked in the lot of an apartment complex nearby, but so far they have not been able to determine who the driver was. The vehicle is a 2002 Buick Rendezvous.

“It may not be the registered owner. They may have loaned the car to someone. There may be many different ways that someone could have been in possession of the vehicle. We want to contact the owner of the car and move the investigation from there,” said Denver Police Det. John White.

Denver Police spokesman Lt. Robert Rock said Thursday investigators were checking into whether the pedestrian shouldn’t have been crossing at that part of the road.

“Typically folks are not to cross the street in the mid-block, but that’s something we’ll be investigating,” he said.

Rock said they were interviewing several witnesses about the crash.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact Denver police.

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