State Patrol makes arrest in hit-and-run that killed teen in Lakewood

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DENVER -- A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of killing a teenager in a hit-and-run auto-pedestrian crash. Police say the suspect was racing when he ran a red light and hit the boy.

The Colorado State Patrol arrested Derrick Fransua at his residence. Investigators say he's the suspected driver of a Chrysler PT Cruiser that hit 15-year-old Gerard Julien at Kipling St. and W. Asbury Ave. the night of July 20. Police say Julien was in the crosswalk when Fransua ran a red light and hit him.

The driver left the scene of the accident. Police found the vehicle a few days later.

Fransua faces numerous charges including leaving the scene of an accident involving death, engaging in a speed contest and tampering with physical evidence.

He's in the Jefferson County Jail on $10,000 cash bond.

Fransua's family issued a statement Monday evening. "We are deeply saddened about the passing of Gerard "Gerry" Julien. Our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to his family. We will continue to cooperate with the authorities as they continue their investigation in the matter."

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