On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
A teenager suspected of causing a fatality near Denver told authorities she was never at the scene. The 18-year-old suspect is charged with a hit-and-run pedestrian accident that killed a 16-year-old boy in Longmont.
Police are investigating whether the victim and suspect were indirectly linked through the participants in a racially-motivated argument. The auto-pedestrian accident occurred as the victim fled from a reported fight between two groups of boys and men. One group was Caucasian and the other African-American.
Authorities responded to a harassment incident in the hours before the crash involving a Caucasian group and a lone African-American man. Longmont police left the scene when the alleged victim refused to press charges.
Investigators think the taunting victim called or sent text messages to friends who then joined him at the scene where the fight erupted. The hit-and-run suspect is related to some of the people who were called to the fight. Authorities suspect the woman driver may have been one of the people contacted.
The young woman was booked on suspicion of leaving an accident scene causing death and released on $50,000 bond. The suspect maintained that vehicle damage police connected to the pedestrian accident was the result of an earlier crash. Investigators say the assertion may be true but doubt all the damage was due to the minor accident.
Family members and a pastor back the suspect’s claim that she was at church when the teenager was struck and killed. Accident investigators still believe the woman was involved and say DNA evidence found at the crash scene will prove it.
A state crime lab may take months to dismiss or confirm what police suspect. Until then, a family will bury and mourn the loss of a son without knowing for certain who killed him. A wrongful death complaint, filed by the teenager’s family, could move forward in civil court despite the status of the criminal case.
Source: dailycamera.com, “Longmont police: Suspect in fatal hit and run did not report prior accident,” Pierrette J. Shields, Jan. 14, 2013