Suspect in deadly hit-and-run crash could face murder charge

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DENVER -- A hit-and-run driver will likely face murder charges after running a red light at 100 mph and killing another driver.

A Denver judge denied bond for 25-year-old Ricardo Gardea after learning that prosecutors plan to file a charge of first-degree murder, extreme indifference, in addition to multiple counts of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault after the violent crash Monday.

In court, a Denver police sergeant told the judge that Gardea's hit-and-run crash was so reckless and violent that it was comparable to shooting a gun into a crowded area.

The family of 21-year-old Sebastian Evridge, a crash victim who died in the hospital, cried in court Wednesday, but they also cheered as the judge denied Gardea's bond.

"It was really difficult to see (Gardea)," said Alexa Matson, Evridge's older sister. "The visions of my brother lying in that bed really came back and it was really hard."

Police said they tried to pull over Gardea as he hit speeds up to 100 mph on 44th Avenue on Monday, but he never stopped. He ran a red light at Federal Boulevard and slammed into Evridge's Jeep so hard that it burst into flames. Police said as witnesses ran to help, Gardea ran away.

"That's the biggest part. How could you do that?" Matson said. "How could any human being walk away from something like that?"

Gardea's family was in court as well. They released a statement saying, "We unite with (the Evridge family) in their pain and we understand that they are angry. We feel shameful. It's a bad, bad mistake. Our family hurts."

"They were kind enough to come up and apologize on his behalf and I accepted that," Marvin Ray Evridge, Sabastian Evridge's father said. "I thought it was appropriate and I let them know that it wasn't their fault."

But Marvin Evridge's father said he has no sympathy for his son's killer and he told him that directly during an outburst in court.

"I told him to reap it," Marvin Ray Evridge said. "He will reap what he sowed."

The Evridge family is planning a memorial at the crash site on Monday.

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