DENVER — Andrew Simpson, 45, made his first court appearance Wednesday to face charges in the hit-and-run crash that killed a University of Denver graduate student.
Appearing in a yellow jumpsuit, Simpson was advised of the charges: vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.
Bond was set at $250,000.
Last Thursday evening, Masoud Bahramisharif, 24, was walking his bicycle across the intersection of East Evans Avenue and South University Boulevard with a green light when, according to witnesses, a speeding SUV ran a red light, hit him, and then drove away while dragging his bicycle.
Simpson was arrested in Aurora Monday evening where, according to police, the SUV that struck Bahramisharif was found outside of an apartment.
“I’m just praying for justice,” said Ali Ghankhar, a friend who was with Bahramisharif when he passed away at Denver Health Medical Center early Friday morning. “I’m just hoping (Simpson) gets what he deserves. He’s very dangerous to society.”