LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – The driver arrested in a hit-and-run crash that killed a teenaged jogger was turned into authorities by his father, according to the arrest affidavit.
Colorado State Patrol troopers arrested Derrick Fransua, 21, in connection with the hit-and-run death of 15-year-old Gerard Julien.
Julien died when a vehicle believed to be driven by Fransua ran a red light at Kipling and West Asbury in Lakewood.
A memorial still sits at the corner of Kipling and West Asbury. The new developments that keep coming in the case are hard to swallow for both the victim’s family and the suspect’s family.
On Tuesday Fransua’s father left the courtroom after making the tough decision of turning in his own son. Fransua faced a judge for the first time, but his parents did not want to comment after his appearance.
According to the arrest affidavit, on July 21 Fransua told his father “he hit a deer,” but his father had his doubts.
The affidavit states that a witness told investigators she saw two men in a Chrysler PT Cruiser at a stoplight on Kipling laughing when a black Honda pulled up behind them. She heard them say “come on, bring it.” As they sped down Kipling she saw Julien get hit. She stated he went from the hood to the windshield to the top of the PT Crusier, and then hit the ground.
Police recommend Fransua face numerous charges, including vehicular homicide and engaging in a speed contest.
While Fransua’s parents did not talk on Tuesday, they did send CBS4 a statement.
“We are deeply saddened about the passing of Gerry Julien. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” they said in the statement.
The judge wants to keep Fransua’s bond at $10,000 cash. He’s expected to be formally charged next Monday.
State troopers are still looking for the driver of a dark blue Volkswagen Jetta who may have also been involved in the accident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Colorado State Patrol.