DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police have made an arrest in a deadly hit-and-run.

The crime happened near 9th and Colorado Boulevard at approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say they found a man identified as Jonathan Daniel Lewis, 35, in the street. He died on scene just a few blocks from his home.

“Mr. Lewis had multiple injuries from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene,” police said in a statement.

Police say evidence at scene such as car parts and tips from public absolutely led to an arrest in same day as the fatal hit-and-run. Nathan Beechley, 30, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. The car from the hit-and-run was also recovered in Aurora where the suspect lives.

“In this particular case, the information we received, once we started to develop that information, took us right to a certain location, and a certain person,” Sgt. Mike Farr with Denver police said.

Nathan Beechley (credit: Denver Police Department)

Nathan Beechley (credit: Denver Police Department)

Police say Beechley is cooperating in the investigation. He has an extensive criminal history, including arrests for DUI and careless driving and a lot of other traffic violations.

On Beechley’s Twitter page he describes himself as “a DU grad” and a “Huge family man.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Police say hit-and-runs are spiking and they are very concerned about the trend. Last year Denver had 13 fatal hit-and-runs. Police are concerned Denver will surpass that number in 2013. So far there have been four fatalities in three incidents.


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