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  • Car Parts, Tips Lead Denver Police to Hit-and-Run Suspect

    On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Monday, April 15, 2013.

    Police made an arrest less than a day after a Denver man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Authorities were cautious in their announcement about the pedestrian accident investigation. Evidence against the ex-school security guard is not as conclusive as police would like it to be.

    The auto-pedestrian accident took place in the middle of the night as a 35-year-old man was crossing the street. Investigators believe the victim was headed home from a bar at 2 a.m. when he was struck. No one saw the accident, but several motorists stopped after discovering the victim’s body in the street.

    A coroner’s report said the victim suffered multiple injuries and died at the accident site, the third, fatal hit-and-run collision in Denver this year.

    Investigators recovered blue car parts from the scene which, along with Crime Stoppers tips, led them to an Aurora address. The 30-year-old man owned a Chevrolet Malibu with front end damage that was believed to be linked to the accident.

    Police did not confirm the car parts definitively matched the Malibu. Authorities may be waiting for a vehicle inspection report before announcing the criminal charges to be filed.

    The man police took into custody was arrested previously for driving with an invalid license and drunk driving. The Aurora suspect was employed by Denver Public Schools as a security guard until the spring of last year.

    Panic is not the only reason drivers flee a crash scene. Hit-and-run drivers often have something to hide. Some drivers try to avoid capture to prevent impairment tests and severe charges, even when it means a victim is left behind to die.

    Civil courts base negligence and subsequent damage awards on whether a defendant’s behavior is a reasonable response. Most drivers involved in accidents would call for help and aid victims. A negligent driver would dismiss concerns for others and concentrate solely on his own welfare.

    Source: thedenverchannel.com, “Denver police make arrest in deadly hit and run at Colorado and 9th,” April 9, 2013