ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A 2-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Monday night, the Colorado State Patrol said.
The driver left the scene but saw news reports about the search and was cooperating with investigators, the CSP said Tuesday morning.
The boy was hit about 7:40 p.m. at West 156th Avenue and Lipan Street in Adams County. He was flown to St. Anthony North Health Campus where he was pronounced dead.
Family members identified him as Tenzin Chokzin. His parents described their loss as “unbearable” but said they forgive the driver.
The boy apparently was trying to follow his grandmother, who was going for a walk, when he was hit as he got to the road at the end of a driveway.
Neighbors said they saw a white SUV stop, turn around and the driver got out, then took off westbound on West 156th Avenue.
“Somebody got out and they were looking at their tire,” neighbor Bonnie Baxter said. “I thought that was what initially happened. And they go back in the car and they drove off.”
The driver was later identified as 67-year-old George Currie.
The CSP said Currie thought he hit a small animal and stopped about 150 feet after the crash, but said he didn’t see anything.
Currie is cooperating with the investigation.