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Medina Alert deactivated after vehicle, suspect in fatal Denver hit-and-run crash located

Vehicle was located in Lakewood; suspect arrested
Posted at 8:54 PM, Mar 24, 2023

UPDATE | The vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Denver Friday night has been located, authorities announced Saturday afternoon. The suspect, who has yet to be identified, was also arrested. It happened in the 5300 block of West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood. The Medina Alert has been deactivated.

The vehicle, a 2006 Ford F-150 extended cab truck, has been impounded and held for processing, police said. The driver is being held on charges of the leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

DENVER — Authorities issued a Medina Alert after a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Denver's West Colfax neighborhood Friday evening.

The incident happened around 8:07 p.m. at North Federal Boulevard and West 14th Avenue, according to the Denver Police Department.

Officers are searching for a white 2006 Ford F-150 extended cab truck with Colorado license plate ARO143, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The vehicle has front-end damage to the grill and bug guard. The passenger-side headlight is inoperable. It does not have a front license plate.

CBI issued a Medina Alert for the vehicle on Saturday.

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.

The Office of the Medical Examiner will release the victim's identity at a later time, according to Denver police.

If the vehicle is seen, call 911 or the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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