Denver police issue Medina Alert in NYE hit-and-run crash that seriously injured pedestrian

Posted at 8:51 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 23:24:08-05

DENVER — Police in Denver issued a Medina Alert for a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a pedestrian Tuesday night.

The crash occurred at West 10th Avenue and North Newton Street.

A dark-colored SUV, possibly a Kia Sorento, struck a man who was walking in the area, according to police. It is unknown if he was trying to cross.

Police said the victim may have been moved by the vehicle some distance either by the force of the impact or by being dragged. The injured pedestrian was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, police said in a tweet.

The driver of the SUV took off after the crash.

Police are looking for a vehicle with Colorado license plates OXT-042.

Anyone who has information on the driver or spots the vehicle is being asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

A Medina Alert honors the memory of Jose Medina, a 21-year-old valet driver who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2011. A taxi driver witnessed the event, followed the driver and gave police the license plate number, leading to the capture and arrest of the suspect.