Thornton Police Want Public’s Help Locating Driver In Fatal Hit & Run
THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Thornton have identified and are trying to locate a suspect in a hit-and-run incident that left a man dead.
According to police, on Thursday at approximately 9:57 p.m., officers responded to the 9800 block of Race Street on a call about a possible hit-and-run.
“Preliminary investigation indicated that witnesses stated they observed the victim lying motionless in the street just prior to being allegedly struck by a northbound vehicle,” Officer Matt Barnes with Thornton police said in a statement. “The adult male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Investigators determined the victim had been struck by a 1995 Chevrolet cargo van and then another vehicle.
Police first contacted an elderly female driver who hit the man after the initial incident. She was interviewed and released pending further investigation.
The investigation then revealed that the man was struck by a 1995 Chevrolet cargo van driven by Dannel Bond Kimble, 26. He’s described as a white man, 5-foot-9, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police believe he is a transient. He’s wanted for vehicular homicide
Barnes told CBS4 Kimble lives in the van, sometimes in shopping center parking lots. He has been a Colorado local for some time. Police don’t believe he’s gone far because he’s not thought to have much money. The suspect is likely aware he is being sought and there are no good leads on him at this point.
Police said Kimble and the victim were acquaintances. It’s not clear if the hit-and-run was intentional.
Kimble was last seen driving the van with Colorado temporary license plate 030525L with an expiration date of April 29, 2014. The van has chrome wheels, a large wooden rack or platform on the roof and a ladder is attached to the rear door handles with a chain.
The identity of the victim hasn’t been released.
Additional Information From Thornton Police
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Thornton Police Department at 720-977-5124, or Metro Area Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 (STOP).