Douglas County Sheriff’s Office makes arrest in deadly Parker hit-and-run

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PARKER, Colo.– The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man in connection to a hit-and-run crash that killed a Parker man on the 4th of July.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock announced that Preston James Dorris, 36,  was arrested on July 16.

Dorris was taken into custody in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on two separate warrants by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. One of the warrants was related to the deadly hit-and-run crash on July 4.

Dorris was transferred from Nebraska to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, according to purlock.

Edward “Chuck” Vogel, 62, was riding his bike around 6:30 a.m. on the Fourth of July when he was hit. The crash happened in front of the Parker Core Knowledge Charter School at 11661 Pine Dr.

The driver of the car took off. Douglas County deputies found the vehicle — a silver Kia sedan — abandoned a few blocks away.

Spurlock said his traffic investigators, detective and support staff have been constantly working since the crash.

“I personally want to thank them for working around the clock, doing some magic, really, to locate the suspect and get the suspect into custody,” he said.

Spurlock also thanked Aurora police, the DEA, Nebraska State Patrol, Greeley police, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and the Denver Police Crime Lab for help tracking down Dorris.

District Attorney George Brauchler said fleeing the scene of a crash only makes things worse.

“When someone is involved in an accident with someone on a bike, whatever fear sets in, you cannot make it better by fleeing. That’s my public service announcement. You must stay and own up to the conduct and be there. That is humanity. That is who we are as Coloradans,” he said.

Dorris is expected to be in court on July 22.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Vogel family sent the following statement through its attorney, Megan Hottman:

“We are so incredibly grateful to the sheriff’s office, the detectives, and all law enforcement entities involved, for finding this man and bringing him in.  This begins the long process of seeking justice through our criminal justice process, and our family wants to thank everyone for their work in bringing the man who killed our dad and husband, into custody.  We also want to thank the DA’s office and their victim advocates, for making our family’s wishes priority in this case.  We are glad we have strong DAs at the helm of this case, committed to pressing all applicable charges that can hopefully (eventually) bring some sense of adequate punishment and justice here.  No amount of punishment can ever bring our husband/father back, however we are dedicated to making the roads safer for all cyclists by punishing drivers like this in such a way that everyone who operates a motor vehicle will take note, and use caution when driving around cyclists.  Lastly, we appreciated the Judge imposing a large bail amount today, in an effort to try and keep this man from fleeing Colorado, and in an effort to try and keep him involved in the entire process as it unfolds.  We would have liked to see a $1M bond or higher imposed, but we respect the Judge’s decision.  We know this is the beginning of this case, but our family is committed to being involved at every step, to see justice served for this heinous act – and to ensure this tragedy results in positive changes made for cycling statewide, while honoring Chuck.”  

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