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Wheat Ridge police arrest suspect in fatal hit-and-run

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Alton Kirkland, 23, was arrested on May 2, 2014 in connected to a fatal hit-and-run in Wheat Ridge. (Photo: Wheat Ridge Police Department)

Alton Kirkland, 23, was arrested on May 2, 2014 in connected to a fatal hit-and-run in Wheat Ridge. (Photo: Wheat Ridge Police Department)

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. -- Wheat Ridge police arrested a 23-year-old man Friday night in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Alton Edward Kirkland was taken into custody as a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred at W. 32nd Avenue and Kipling Street Friday night, according to the Wheat Ridge Police Department.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash.

A woman and child in the suspect's vehicle were injured and taken to the hospital, said police. The driver of this vehicle, believed to be Kirkland, fled the scene on foot.

One person was killed in a second car, said police.

The driver of the third vehicle involved in the crash was not hurt.

Kipling Street was closed in both directions as police conducted their investigation

Police said Kirkland is currently being held at the Jefferson County Jail under charges of vehicular homicide and felony menacing/domestic violence.

FOX31 Denver's Kent Erdahl captured a image of friends and family putting up a cross in memory of the victim, Jordon Sprouse.

3 comments

  • Robert Gift

    What a coward. My friends and I would run to help the injured people.
    Amazing how he shows his true colors. But he can change.
    How did Alton “run along” Kirkland cause the collision?
    Was the deceased driver wearing his seat-belt?

    • Robert Gift

      “Minimum 5 years in prison.”
      Too little.
      More fair would be for the years the victim would normally have been expected to live.

      (Can anyone see theirs and others’ replies below the article?
      I see individual replies only by e-mail notification)

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