DENVER (KDVR) — The Denver Police Department provided an update and additional information regarding the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed scooter rider Christopher Patton on Sept. 7. Additionally, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers announced an increase to the reward for information.
Patton was killed around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 7 while riding a stand-up scooter near 14th Street and Arapahoe Street with a group of friends. The driver that hit them took off.
Investigators released video of the silver sedan at a gas station about 24 hours before the deadly crash.
“Evidence found in the vehicle led us to information leading us back to this convenience store. At this convenience store, we see four people exit that vehicle and get back into the vehicle. We do not know anything about these individuals, but if you recognize yourself in these photos or if anyone recognizes these four individuals, notify the Denver PD as we would like to speak with these individuals and ask them questions,” Sgt. Stephanie Linkus said.
They also released new video showing the car in an alley just 15 minutes before the crash.
“Three people walk up the car, one of them opens the door on the passenger side and points and walks away from the vehicle. It is unknown why they walked up to the vehicle. We would like to know if you could give us information about the person driving this vehicle,” Linkus said.
Survivors and family members flew in from California to make an emotional plea to the public for help finding the driver.
Dezmond Frazier said, “I ask the community of Denver to come forward, help us, find this individual, or this individual to come forward and recognize the agony my family, brothers and friends are enduring right now,” he said, adding, “I want to give thanks to Chris for being our hero and saving all our lives. He’s the reason we all stand here today. I wake up some mornings, scared to go outside, looking three to four times before I cross the street. I live on a main street. The sound of cars give me nightmares.”
Patton’s family and friends believe they were targeted because they were wearing Black Lives Matter clothing.
Sachal Jogi was seriously injured in the crash.
He said, “There’s still a lot of confusion in the air about why we are in this position. I’m facing a lot of pain every single day, mentally. Physically I’m getting better. I’m blessed to still be alive here today. I wish Chris was still here too.
“The last thing I remember, sorry, difficulty replaying that, last thing I remember was being on the scooter, close to me, and I hear a car rev its engine really fast, aggressively, and he yells, ‘Watch out!’ I just see two flashing lights, and I got hit really hard — so hard I don’t remember being in the air, just landing on my face, not being able to breathe, not being able to feel my leg or my shoulder. But what I did fell is the pain of my brother not being here no more.”
Investigators have not determined a motive in the case.
Linkus said, “We are not excluding anything from the investigation. This investigation has really just begun as we have identified the vehicle and some parties in the vehicle.”
The car had been reported stolen before the crash.
Patton’s sister, Eleza Jackson said, “I wanted to stand here and speak from my heart. But my heart is full of anger and pain. I’m angry and I’m sad because he’s no longer with us. There will be no more birthdays. I can’t hug him like I want to. If there is anyone out there that can bring this person… get justice for my brother, we would really appreciate you coming forward to say something.”
Patton’s brother, Denzell Perry said, “There’s an individual out there who’s continuing to live their life, continue to more forward; that’s not fair. So we’re all here from California. With ‘Justice 4 Chris’ shirts on. We really want true justice for him. It really starts with the individual turning himself in, taking accountability for their actions and allowing us closure on that part so we can start focusing on how to keep our brother’s legacy alive.”
FOX31 and Channel 2’s partners at Metro Denver Crime Stoppers announced the reward for information in this case is now up to $5,000. If you have any information, call their tip line at 720-913-STOP (7867).