On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Monday, April 1, 2013.
Nearly three months after a Denver teen’s death, Boulder County authorities are no closer to identifying a hit-and-run driver than they were the night the boy died. Police know an auto accident caused the 16-year-old’s death. Officers still don’t know whether the pedestrian fatality was linked to a New Year’s Eve street fight.
An interview with one of the companions of the car accident victim detailed the hours before the fight and deadly crash. The friends were drinking, playing pool and making plans for the holiday evening ahead. After deciding to travel by bus to Denver, the friends began to walk.
The group stopped at a grocery store. An employee leaving work was irritated by the teens walking in front of his car. A yelling match ensued as the driver attempted to pull away. Police responded but made no arrests, even though officers found a vodka bottle and knew the teens were drinking.
A group of men supporting the store employee appeared shortly after officers left the scene. A fight erupted between the groups from which the soon-to-be car accident victim fled. In moments, a car struck and killed the teen. The vehicle kept going.
An arrest was made days after the accident. The sister of the harassed store employee was accused of hit-and-run. The 18-year-old was later released when re-examined evidence did not support the charge.
Police interviews provided an expanded view of the fight and participants, but no explanation for the fatality. Authorities don’t know why the teen fled or whether he fell before a car hit him.
Leads to identify the hit-and-run driver have become mired in conflicting witnesses and testimonies. Authorities are hoping FBI enhancement of surveillance videos will produce a clue.
No criminal or wrongful death charges are possible without a defendant. The frustration felt by police is magnified for the victim’s parents, whose losses accumulate as a killer goes free.
Source: dailycamera.com, “Questions persist in Longmont investigation of Denver teen’s New Year’s Eve death,” Pierrette J. Shields, March 24, 2013