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Man Charged In Fatal Hit & Run Crash On Christmas

DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver man has been formally charged with driving drunk and causing a deadly crash on Christmas morning.

Johnny Gilbert, 37, is facing numerous charges including vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI.

Johnny Gilbert (credit: Denver Police Department)

Johnny Gilbert (credit: Denver Police Department)

Police say Gilbert drove through a red light at 51st Avenue and Peoria Street and crashed into another car carrying a family home from a Christmas Eve celebration.

The crash killed Dora Gaytan-Esparza, 35, and injured her husband and two children.

Gilbert was arrested shortly after the crash not far from the scene. He remains in custody on a $50,000 bond and is due back in court on Thursday.


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