Mother Of Homeless Hit & Run Victim Wants Closure

By Stan Bush

DENVER, Colo. (CBS4) – Denver police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who killed a homeless man over the weekend.

The incident happened at 16th Street and Blake Street in downtown Denver at approximately 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

Police say a four-door 2012 black BMW 600 series hit the man and the driver drove away from the scene. The car likely has heavy front-end damage and is missing the driver’s side mirror.

Christian McDonald (credit: CBS)

Christian McDonald (credit: CBS)

Diane Scholtes, who is also homeless, says her son 38-year-old Christian McDonald, was the victim.

“He was living back and forth on Blake Street on the mall,” said Scholtes. “There was no reason for him to be out there.”

CBS4's Stan Bush interviews Diane Scholtes. (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Stan Bush interviews Diane Scholtes. (credit: CBS)

Scholtes said she was notified when police found her contact info from data on a fingerprint ID of the victim. Scholtes’ only pictures of the victim were photocopied mug shots from McDonald’s stays in a mental health institution and jail.

Christian McDonald (credit: CBS)

Christian McDonald (credit: CBS)

Denver police released little information on the incident. It is not clear if there were witnesses to the collision, but the intersection is monitored by multiple cameras, including a HALO camera operated by the city.

(credit: Denver Police Department)

Police released an image of the make and model of the vehicle involved in the crash. (credit: Denver Police Department)

Scholtes is asking for the driver to surrender to police to give her closure.

“They didn’t care less. No conscience. You killed my son.”

Additional Information From The Denver Police Department

Remain anonymous and earn up to $2,000. 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; or use the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app which is immediately available as a free download on smartphones.

Stan Bush is a general assignment reporter at CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 10. Read his bio and follow him on Twitter @StanBushTV.

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