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First ‘Medina Alert’ for cabs issued after hit-and-run kills pedestrian

DENVER –  Police were looking for a hit-and-run driver Tuesday who killed a pedestrian in Denver Monday night.

A ‘Medina Alert’ was issued to cab drivers to help police locate the vehicle and suspect.

Crimestoppers offered up to $2,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and charging of the suspect in this case.

The accident happened at around 7:20 p.m. at W. Colfax Ave. and Sheridan Blvd.

Witnesses say a late 90’s white GMC passenger van with clear windows hit a man as he was crossing the street.

Police say the minivan had the right-of-way when it hit the pedestrian. “The pedestrian was crossing against the light and was struck by a vehicle in the furthest left lane going northbound,” says Denver Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Conover. “The vehicle failed to stay at the scene.”

Police found the minivan’s front grill, along with other broken pieces at the scene. The vehicle was last seen heading northbound on Sheridan.

Taxis on Patrol along with the Denver Police Department announced the implementation of the ‘Medina Alert’ program on February 16 to enlist the help of taxi drivers in locating hit-and-run suspects.

‘Medina Alert’ was named after 21-year-old valet Jose Medina, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in January 2011.

A taxi driver helped track the suspect who hit Medina and reported the incident to police.

Anyone with information regarding this crime please contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-stop (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.

Van suspected in hit-and-run

Police believe a van similar to the one pictured was involved in a fatal hit-and-run