Suspect in west Denver fatal hit-and-run charged with first-degree murder
DENVER — The man accused for a fatal hit-and-run crash last weekend was charged with murder by the Denver District Attorney on Thursday.
Ricardo Gardea, age 29, was formally charged with first-degree murder, second-degree burglary, two counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of leaving the scene of an accident, and two counts of vehicular assault, all of which are felonies. He was also charged with two counts of duty upon striking an unattended vehicle.
Gardea remains in custody and was being held without bond. His next court date has not been set.
Both families appeared in court initially on Wednesday and the suspect’s family apologized on Gardea’s behalf.
This six-vehicle crash at West 44th Avenue and Federal Boulevard caused the death of 21-year-old Sebastian Evridge and injured others.
Police said they tried to pull over Gardea going upwards of 100 mph, but he never stopped. He then ran a red light and slammed into Evridge’s Jeep causing it to burst into flames. Police said Gardea fled the scene of the accident.
The Evridge family set up a Facebook page in his memory.