DPD: recovered SUV probably not tied to hit-and-run

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DENVER – Denver Police now believe an SUV recovered Sunday that was initially thought to be involved in a hit-and-run that killed University of Denver student, is not the suspect vehicle.

The dark-colored SUV was found in Aurora and towed to a Denver Police station late Sunday night.

On Monday afternoon, Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said it does not appear to be the vehicle that struck and killed Masoud Bahramisharif, 24, a DU graduate student on Thursday night.

Bahramisasharif was walking his bicycle across the intersection of E. Evans Ave. and S. University Blvd. with a green light when, according to witnesses, a speeding SUV ran a red light, hit him, and then sped away while dragging his bicycle.

“I was about ten feet behind him and I heard the screeching of tires,” says William Hielscher. “A red SUV came flying through the intersection.”

“It’s definitely one of the most horrific things I’ve ever seen,” says Tristen Smith.

“I was the first one that came up to him. He was lying on the ground. He obviously couldn’t move his arms and legs. He was having trouble breathing,” Hielscher says.

Bahramisharif, who was from Iran, died from his injuries early Friday morning at Denver Health Medical Center.

Masoud Bahramisharif
Masoud Bahramisharif

Friends describe Bahramisharif as a gifted engineering student who was active in the Denver University robotics program.

“In the lab he was always smiling, he was a kind person” said Xiao Zhang, a senior Denver University engineering student who worked with Bahramisharif.  

The Denver Medical Examiner’s Office told FOX 31 Denver that arrangements are being made for Bahramisharif’s body to be returned to Iran.  

Witnesses say the suspect vehicle is a dark red or maroon 2000-2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.  It likely sustained damage to its front end.

Investigators ask anyone who has information about the case to call Crime Stoppers.

Call: 720-913-STOP (7867) or
Text: DMCS plus your message to 274637 or
Email: Title your message DMCS & enter your message

The University of Denver is matching the Crime Stoppers reward of $2,000, bringing the total reward to $4,000 for tips leading to an arrest and conviction.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to Masoud’s family and friends,” the University said in a statement.

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