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Police identify suspect in Denver Medina alert crash; CDOT employee in critical condition

Hit-and-run crash happened at Sheridan Blvd. and 48th Ave.
Posted at 12:24 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 14:24:45-05

DENVER – Police on Monday identified the woman who is being held for investigation on a leaving the scene of an accident charge after she allegedly hit a CDOT worker on Friday and fled the scene, leading to a Medina alert being issued by authorities.

Barbara W. Williams, 63, is being held for investigation on one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, according to Denver police and a probable cause statement obtained Monday.

She is accused of hitting a Colorado Department of Transportation employee who was working at a site near Sheridan Blvd. and 48th Ave. on Friday morning around 10:30 a.m.

According to the probable cause statement and a statement from CDOT, the CDOT worker was crossing the street in a crosswalk and was hit by a driver who ran a red light, then fled the scene.

A witness of the crash followed the vehicle that was involved in the crash, a silver Ford Explorer, obtained the license plate and returned to the scene of the crash.

A Medina alert was issued for the vehicle and driver, both of which were found in Denver by 3 p.m., police said. The witness was shown a photo lineup and positively identified the driver.

The CDOT employee, whom CDOT has not identified, remains in critical condition Monday at a Denver hospital, the department said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him during this very difficult time,” CDOT spokesperson Tamara Rollison said in a statement.

Court records indicate Williams had her first advisement in the case on Saturday. They also show that she has pleaded guilty to multiple traffic infractions in Adams and Denver counties in the past.