Gerard Julien, left, Derrick Fransua, right (credit: Jefferson County DA)

Gerard Julien, left, Derrick Fransua, right (credit: Jefferson County DA)

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The suspect in a fatal hit-and-run case whose father turned him in was formally charged in Jefferson County Court on Monday morning.

Derrick Fransua, 21, faces multiple charges, including leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, vehicular homicide and tampering with evidence — all felonies. He’s being held on $10,000 bond.

Gerard Julien, 15, died when a vehicle believed to be driven by Fransua ran a red light at South Kipling Parkway and West Asbury Avenue on July 21 in Lakewood.

Fransau appeared before a judge via a video link from jail. His next appearance in court will be on Sept. 12.

According to the arrest affidavit, Fransua told his father after the crime that he “hit a deer,” but his father had his doubts.

The affidavit states that a witness told investigators she saw two men in a Chrysler PT Cruiser at a stoplight on Kipling laughing when a black Honda pulled up behind them. She heard them say “come on, bring it.” As they sped down Kipling she saw Julien — who was jogging — get hit.

Julien, who went by the nickname Gerry, was home in Lakewood visiting his father and stepmom for the summer. He attended boarding school in Texas and had his sights set on becoming a Navy SEAL.

Fransua’s parents sent CBS4 a statement last week saying they are “deeply saddened about the passing of Gerry Julien. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

State troopers are still looking for the driver of a dark blue Volkswagen Jetta who may have also been involved in the accident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Colorado State Patrol.


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