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Westminster Police arrest man wanted for deadly hit-and-run

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Posted at 11:43 PM, Jan 20, 2021

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A tip from a citizen led the Westminster Police Department to the person they think is responsible for a deadly hit-and-run crash Tuesday night.

A citizen notified police after seeing their Facebook post about the incident and alerted them of the possible location of the car involved in the crash at 70th Avenue and Federal Boulevard.

The tip led officers to 96th Avenue and Elm Street. Based on the damage to the car at the location. detectives believed it was involved in the crash.

Detectives contacted the registered owner of the car, Erik Bryant Alvarenga, and he was arrested for the crash.

Alvarenga is facing charges of hit-and-run, reckless vehicular homicide and failure to remain at the scene of an accident. He's currently being held at the Adams County Detention Facility.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash that killed a pedestrian. The Westminster Police Department said a man had been walking west on 70th Avenue when he was hit by a driver traveling south on Federal Boulevard. The pedestrian died at the hospital. Police have not identified the victim.