Bond reduced for convicted felon suspected in hit-and-run that killed student

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Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson

DENVER, Colo. — A convicted felon suspecting of killing a University of Denver student in a car accident and then fleeing the scene had his bond reduced by a judge at a court appearance Tuesday.

Andrew Simpson, 45, appeared in court with a smile on his face, sporting the same mustache and long hair that he had when he was arrested on June 4. His public defender argued his initial bond of $250,000 was too high. A judge agreed to a reduced that bond to $175,000.

Simpson is being charged with vehicular homicide and fleeing the scene of an accident involving death. His next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.

According to witnesses, a speeding SUV ran a red light at the corner of East Evans Avenue and South University Boulevard on May 31, hitting DU student Masoud Bahramisharif, 24, who was biking. The collision sent Bahramisharif’s body flying diagonally across the street and into a parked truck. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The SUV, which dragged Bahramisharif’s bike away from the scene, was discovered four days later outside of an apartment. Simpson was found inside the apartment and taken into custody.

Simpson’s arrest record dates back to 1993. He has been charged with crimes of assault, trespassing, disturbing the peace, domestic violence, larceny, controlled-substance possession, failure to appear and parole violation.

He has several fugitive from justice convictions. He was also convicted on four counts of providing false information to a pawn broker and one count of possession of a controlled substance in 2003.

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