Suspect in fatal hit-and-run has history of DUI

Posted at 10:09 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 00:09:05-05

The hit-and-run driving suspect accused of killing a female pedestrian in Lakewood Thursday night has a history of driving drunk on a revoked license, according to court records.

Jonathan Dale Cordova, 53, is again accused of driving drunk on a revoked license just before midnight when a woman crossing Colfax Avenue west of the intersection with Wadsworth Boulevard was hit and killed by a white sedan, said Ty Countryman, spokesman for Lakewood Police Traffic Investigations.

The suspect driving a 2012 Mitsubishi Galant kept traveling westbound, followed by a witness in another car who got a license plate number and called police before to losing sight of the vehicle, Countryman said.  

Police found the Mitsubishi about 1.5 miles away at an apartment complex near West 14th Avenue and Garrison Street and arrested Cordova, a Denver resident.

He was booked into Jefferson County Jail on investigation of hit-and-run, vehicular homicide and DUI -- all felonies. He remained in jail without bond on Friday afternoon.

A background check by Denver7 found Cordova was convicted of manslaughter in Denver in 1985 and sentenced to four years in state prison. He has three previous DUI arrests in Colorado as well as arrests for assault, domestic violence and drug possession.

In October 2014, Cordova was arrested by Edgewater police on DUI, speeding and other charges. In June, he pleaded guilty in that case to DUI and felony aggravated driving with a revoked license, court records state. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 48 hours of community service.


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