Woman killed in Denver hit-and-run ID’d as 28-year-old lawyer

DENVER -- The person who was killed in a hit-and-run near the State Capitol early Sunday morning was identified Monday.

Karina Pulec, 28, of Denver was pronounced dead at the scene of the hit-and-run at 13th Avenue and Broadway. She died of blunt force injuries, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner said.

She was an attorney in the Denver office of the law firm Hogan Lovells and Pulec.

The hit-and-run happened about 2 a.m. Police said the suspect vehicle was "possibly a white pickup truck." It happened about 10 minutes after another hit-and-run at 19th and Larimer streets.

Police initially did not believe the crashes were connected but later said they couldn’t know for sure. Detectives are investigating that as a possibility.

"This is a tremendous loss and will be particularly hard for our colleagues in the Denver office," the firm said in a message to employees.

The message added that Pulec joined the firm in December and was part of the intellectual property practice.

"She was a talented lawyer, a great colleague and a wonderful presence in the Denver office. ... Karina’s death will be felt by all of us at the firm. Our thoughts are with her family and her boyfriend, who was also injured on Saturday evening and is recovering," the message said.

Pulec graduated from Cornell Law School in 2013 and was a clerk in California before joining the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.