DENVER (KDVR) — UPDATE, March 8: The Denver Police Department announced Monday that the driver who left the scene after striking and killing a pedestrian in southwest Denver Friday night turned himself in to police on Saturday.
Gregory Gomez, 45, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
A second driver involved in the hit-and-run crash, a juvenile male, was cited on Saturday for failing to report an accident; careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury – vulnerable road user; leaving the scene of an accident; driving without a valid license; and driving without proof of insurance.
An investigation into the crash revealed the adult male victim, who was riding a bicycle across Morrison Road, was struck first by the juvenile male driver and then subsequently struck by Gomez.
Police have not yet released Gomez’s photo.
ORIGINAL: A driver struck and killed a pedestrian in southwest Denver Friday night before leaving the scene.
According to the Denver Police Department, the hit-and-run occurred near Morrison Road and West Kentucky Avenue in the Westwood neighborhood.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are looking for two vehicles. The first is described as a white Nissan Murano with heavy front-end damage. The second is described as a gold Dodge Durango with Texas plates: 98376X3.
Anyone who sees the vehicles or has information is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at: 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Police issued a Medina Alert for the case.
“It’s horrible, I mean my husband and I don’t have a car so we walk a lot and we’re always worried about cars driving in this area because they are not always careful,” resident Madeline Moore said, adding “They are always speeding and this intersection in particular here at [Kentucky and Morrison] is very dangerous.
At a DOTI presentation in September, officials tracked maximum speeds of 99 mph along Kentucky, an avenue with a 25 mph speed limit.
During that presentation, the city discussed plans for West Kentucky Avenue Corridor improvement projects. Construction on a new buffed bikeway is planned for spring or summer of 2021.
District 3 Councilwoman Jamie Torres directed FOX31 to this project and issued the following statement about the crash:
“It’s truly upsetting to hear yet another accident on Morrison Road has taken the life of a resident. My prayers go out to their family and loved ones. This is the very intersection where safety improvements are going to be built this year to create a protected bike corridor on Kentucky from Sheridan all the way to Federal. I don’t know if those would have helped in this circumstance but all improvements on Kentucky and on Morrison Road are designed for pedestrian safety. I ask everyone to be vigilant and slow down. It is heartbreaking and awful that another family has to face this loss.”
In January, Torres said the city has committed $12M in improvements along the entire Morrison Road corridor.
“That includes everything from curb bulb-outs, to medians, to better walking infrastructure,” she said.
DOTI is also planning to upgrade the traffic signal at Morrison Road to include leading pedestrian intervals, which gives people on foot a “head start” to cross the street. The signal upgrade will also include building curb extensions to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians.
The project along Morrison Road also will extend the pedestrian space along the northside of Morrison Road from Perry to Nevada.
At the corner of Morrison Road and Lowell Boulevard in West Denver, candles, balloons and children’s toys line the side of an insurance building.
The memorial, marking the spot where 3-year-old Lyndreth “Sage” Antone was killed by a driver on New Year’s Eve.