Man charged in hit-and-run that killed elderly man

Photo: DPD

DENVER — A man who struck and killed an elderly man before fleeing the scene has been arrested and charged.

Gregorio Benavides, 36, is charged with one count of vehicular homicide-DUI, one count of leaving the scene of an accident-death and one count of driving under restraint, the Denver Police Department said.

The hit-and-run happened in the early evening of July 20 in the 4600 block of North Elm Court.

Benavides allegedly struck and killed 79-year-old Abel Shipley, who was walking in the area.

Charges allege that Benavides then left the scene without stopping or helping the victim.

Police found the suspect and his vehicle a few blocks away from the scene. Police say signs indicate Benavides might have been impaired.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 7.

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