DA files charges against accused hit-and-run driver

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DENVER — The Denver district attorney filed charges Tuesday against a woman accused of causing a crash that killed an 85-year-old and then fleeing the scene.

Latoya Nelson is charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, criminal impersonation and third-degree assault, said spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.

A security guard allegedly spotted Nelson in a red Pontiac selling marijuana to a man in the parking lot of a Burger King at Colfax Avenue and Kalamath Street just before 5 p.m. March 27. When he approached her, Nelson took off — speeding down Kalamath, police said.

“The red car was just shooting southbound,” said Ricardo Segura, who witnessed the accident.

Witnesses say Nelson sped through a red light and slammed into another car crossing the intersection at 13th Avenue. Her car spiraled onto the sidewalk.

“(The other driver) wasn’t expecting it at all. She pushed him halfway up the block,” said Segura.

Another witness, Nathan Martin , says she helped Nelson and the driver she hit — an elderly man who police have now identified as Charlie Herrera — out of their cars.

Martin says that he asked Herrera his name. At that point in time, Herrera began having trouble breathing, and later died while on the way to the hospital.

Witnesses say Nelson took off on foot.

Nelson remains in custody on a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court next on April 4.

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