3 Hit & Runs Take Place In Metro Area In 24 Hour Period
DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver and Aurora are investigating a series of hit-and-run crashes over the weekend.
Denver police are looking for the driver who struck a pedestrian in a King Soopers parking lot. It happened Sunday afternoon at the store on Sheridan Boulevard and Florida Avenue. The victim sustained serious injuries.
Police say the driver was in a gold or silver SUV with a temporary tag. The vehicle may have minor front-end damage. It was the third hit-and-run to happen in the metro area in just 24 hours.
Two other people were killed in separate hit-and-run accidents early Sunday morning. The first happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 25 just south of West Colfax Avenue in Denver. A man walking on the highway was hit by two drivers, but only the second vehicle stopped.
“We do need as much help as we can to be able to get information on who the first vehicle was that struck that pedestrian and why they didn’t stop,” Mary McIver with the Denver Police Department said.
Police on Monday released a photo of a side view mirror that is believed to have been dislodged from the suspect vehicle. The make and the model of the vehicle is currently not known.
The second happened minutes later on East Colfax near Quentin Street in Aurora. The victim was apparently lying in the middle of the road when he was hit by an SUV. He died after being rushed to the hospital.
“We do have a witness that saw the accident happen, the crash happen, and said that the person was laying in the road when the Suburban ran over him,” Lt. Jeff Turner with Aurora police said.
With a good description from witnesses police issued a Medina Alert. Hours later the female driver involved and a passenger she was with turned themselves into police.
“They saw a bundle in the road, ran over it, didn’t realize what it was, came back and realized it was a person, got scared and left,” Turner said.
Turner says drivers just need to stop.
“This young lady, if she would’ve stopped, probably, what we know at this point, would probably not have any charges at all,” Turner said.
Police say the driver has not been charged and they believe the victim was intoxicated. They are still trying to figure out how he ended up in the middle of the road.
Denver police need help identifying the first driver.
Additional Information From The Denver Police Department
Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at (720) 913-2000. Remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.
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