Thornton police arrest man accused in fatal Lakewood hit-and-run

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DENVER — Thornton police arrested a man on Christmas accused in a deadly hit-and-run crash  on West Colfax Avenue.

Melvin Woolley, 37, was wanted for suspicion of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, vehicular eluding causing death, driving under restraint, no proof of insurance, expired license plates and obscured license plates.

About 7 p.m. Saturday, a Lakewood police officer attempted a traffic stop near Colfax and Lamar Street.

Woolley, who was driving a silver Ford Fusion, refused to stop and went eastbound on Colfax, police said.

“When the suspect sped off, the agent immediately ended the attempted traffic stop by shutting off the overhead emergency lights,” LPD said in a statement.

Woolley allegedly continued driving at a high rate of speed before hitting Jonathon Furley near Colfax and Benton Street.

Woolley kept driving and later crashed into a wall near Colfax and Sheridan Boulevard, next to a 7-Eleven.

He then fled on foot to an unknown location.

The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Jonathon Furley.

Jonathon’s Aunt, Jackie Furley, called Wooley’s arrest a Christmas miracle.

“It’s the best gift we absolutely could have gotten today, was for them to apprehend him today,” she said. “It can’t bring back my nephew, but at least we can have some kind of healing, knowing that he is no longer running the streets.”

The Furley’s spent Christmas evening at a family home in Henderson, telling stories of Jonathon while eating his favorite foods.

“He’s not with us, and so we’re trying to get through the holiday without him,” said Jackie. “This is a huge loss for our family, and it’s very, very painful.”

She says the family is still trying to raise money to pay for funeral expenses.

His family has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses.

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