Mom, son meet tow truck driver who helped stop accused hit-and-run driver

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DENVER -- It was an emotional reunion for a mother and her son on Tuesday night as they met the man who helped track down a driver who hit them in a Denver intersection Monday morning.

Rhiannon Williams and her 10-year-old son Nokose Williams were crossing East Colfax Avenue at the intersection with Yosemite Street when a driver turned into them. They revisited the scene on Tuesday.

“The vehicle was in this turning lane and it turned and it hit me," Rhiannon Williams said. "It spun me around when it hit me. I thought it had run over both of us.”

“When we got ran over, I think I blacked out and then I seen the car drive away,” Nokose Williams said.

Remarkably, the 10-year-old was grazed and uninjured.

“As a parent, that is your greatest fear, to lose your child,” Rhiannon said. "But you can’t let it hold you back. You’ve gotta move forward.”

Unfortunately, Rhiannon and her family know what it means to move forward after such a tragedy.

“His name was Matotopah 'Wolf' Minnear,” Rhiannon said, as she showed a photo of her 18-year-old brother.

In 2004, "Wolf" Minnear was stuck and killed by a drunk hit-and-run driver while crossing the same stretch of Colfax.

“I’d say, like three or four blocks from this spot. My family hasn’t been the same. He was my little brother,” Rhiannon said. “This is twice that somebody hasn’t taken responsibility for their actions.”

But this is also the second time the community helped bring justice. In 2004, tips led police to a service station where they found the car and eventually the driver.

On Tuesday, the community helped again.

“Two gentlemen, one in a tow truck and one in a white car said they were going to follow the vehicle that had ran us over,” Rhiannon said.

Those two men didn’t just do that. The driver of the tow truck managed to stop the vehicle for good.

On Tuesday night, Rhiannon and her son met that tow truck driver, offered hugs and said thanks.

“A lot of people wouldn’t chase another person down. That was dangerous, but thank you,” Rhiannon said. “That was important because that’s my life. I could never repay you.”

Rhiannon said she wants to thank to everyone who played a role in yesterday's hit and run, especially the many drivers who stopped and offered help.

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