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