Suspected driver arrested in RiNo hit-and-run that left 1 construction worker dead, another seriously injured

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DENVER (KDVR) — One person is dead and another in serious condition after being hit by the driver of an SUV in the RiNo neighborhood on Tuesday, the Denver Police Department said. The two pedestrians are construction workers.

UPDATE (Sept. 8, 7:20 a.m.) : The suspected driver has been arrested, the DPD announced Wednesday morning on Twitter. She has been identified as 43-year-old Kathleen Sugaski.

Kathleen Sugaski was arrested Sept. 7 and is being held for investigation of vehicular homicide. (Credit: Denver Public Safety)

Original (Sept. 7, 5 p.m.): The driver of a gray Honda Element, described as a Hispanic female about 30 years old, fled the scene. A Medina Alert was issued for the vehicle but later canceled when it was found empty.

Police are investigating the crash involving the vehicle and pedestrians that occurred around the 29th Street and Arkins Court area.

David Castleberry lives near the intersection where the crash happened.

“That’s when I heard it: ‘Boom, boom, boom!’ Just took off!” Castleberry said, adding that it sounded like there were no brakes, just “like stuff was crashing.”

If anyone sees the vehicle or has any information, please contact @CrimeStoppersCO at 720-913-7867.

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