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'Let me not live like this': Denver mom pleads for answers 2 years after son killed in hit-and-run

There's never been an arrest in the case
Posted at 4:19 PM, Jan 14, 2019

DENVER -- A Denver mother is desperate for answers years after her son was hit and killed along the 16th Street Mall. There's never been an arrest in the case.

Tues. Jan. 15 will mark two years since Diane Scholtes lost her son, 38-year-old Christian McDonald. Denver Police said McDonald was hit while crossing the intersection of 16th and Blake at 2:15 a.m.

“Please, I will put a please to it, turn yourself in and let me not live like this the rest of my life,” said Scholtes.

DPD said a HALO camera captured the crash. The investigation revealed that McDonald was crossing Blake Street against the light (vehicles on Blake St. had a green light) when a BMW struck him. The driver fled the scene without rendering aid or remaining on-scene until police arrived, both of which are required by law.

“It’s not getting any easier because there were no goodbyes. I wasn't there,” said Scholtes.

Scholtes said she won't stop pushing for answers until the person responsible comes forward.

“I don't want to give up because I want to be in that courtroom when they make an arrest,” said Scholtes. “I want the world to know that he was a great son. He got killed. Why is this person not arrested who is responsible for my son's death?"

Through the uncertainty and pain, she finds peace in a room inside her apartment that she's dedicated to her son with a growing memorial.

“It’s a lot of work but my son is well worth it,” said Scholtes.

DPD said this is still an active case. They are still working to identify and locate the suspect vehicle and driver. Anyone with information about this crash is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.