DENVER (CBS) – The search is on for the driver of an pickup truck who hit and killed a valet outside a downtown Denver nightclub over the weekend.

Someone ran down Jose Medina late Saturday night outside the Rockstar nightclub on Lincoln, near 9th.

Medina was standing by a car helping the people inside when witnesses say the pickup crashed into the car and Medina, causing damage to the vehicle in addition to killing him.

Witnesses say the vehicle was speeding and kept on going after the crash. Other valets and a cab driver tried to chase it down, but they couldn’t stop it. The cab driver was able to follow the pickup for a while and report the license plate to police.

“I don’t see how you can live with yourself day by day and not turn yourself in and just realize that you really took somebody’s life,” witness James Caltown said.

Denver police say the suspect vehicle was a “white, older model (03-05) GMC extended cab pick-up with tinted windows and with Colorado license plate # 895VYF.” Officers say the pickup has damage to the bumper and its right front fender.

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Saturday was Medina’s third day on the job.

“There’s just no excuse for not stopping. Accidents do happen. Whoever it was was driving at a very great rate of speed and really destroyed the majority of the car that Jose was valeting and he flew 100 to 200 feet,” said Gabriel Schwartz, a family friend who is also the Medina family’s attorney.

map Reward Offered For Arrest In Deadly Hit & Run

Police are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

A memorial fund has been set up for Medina. Send donations to:

Colorado State Bank and Trust (13 metro are locations)

The Law Offices of Sandomire & Schwartz

For the Benefit of Jose Media

Account No.: 8093874893


3610 East 1st. Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

Comments (9)
  1. Barry Soetoro says:

    Better post guards on the Canadian border.

  2. KG says:

    North, really….. I was thinnking a more southerly escape route!

  3. Carol says:

    Just doing his job and lost his life. Condelences to his family and friends.

  4. Kimberly says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Condelences to his family .

  5. Chanique Williams says:

    Very sorry for the Medina family and giving thanks that everyone in the car (my family) was ok

  6. Christopher Lucero says:

    My prayers go out to Shannon, his fiance and to his parents. God bless.

  7. Steven says:

    No matter the situation, cause or effect…never a justifiable reason NOT to stop and render aid. My condolences to the Medinafamily, his fiance Shannon and all connected.

  8. Harusami says:

    My heart breaks for the Medina family and for Shannon. I lost my own fiance to a hit-and-run drunk driver on the same block in 1979… a Yellow Cab driver followed the drunk and caught him at the bus station. My life changed dramatically. I wish to extend my condolences and offer help, hugs and a shoulder to cry on to Shannon. I want her to know that there is someone who understands her pain and wants to help.

  9. Pamely says:

    Only twenty-one. Poor kid — I’m so sorry for his family’s heartbreaking loss. Be CAREFUL out there, people!!

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