Blood, Hair Found On Abandoned Car Suspected In Deadly Hit-And-Run

Denver Police Search Subaru Hatchback For Evidence To ID Driver Who Killed Cyclist Dan Peterson

An abandoned Subaru Legacy that police believe is the hit-and-run vehicle that killed Denver bicyclist Dan Peterson had front-end damage along with blood and hair on a broken windshield, according to court records obtained by 7NEWS.

The hatchback, which was reported stolen from outside a rural Weld County home hours after the July 22 hit-and-run, was found parked in an Aurora residential neighborhood the next day, police said in a search warrant affidavit.

Denver police traffic investigators obtained the warrant to search the impounded Subaru's exterior for evidence confirming that it struck the cyclist and to comb the interior for evidence that could identify the hit-and-run driver, the affidavit said.

Peterson, 30, was riding south in a crosswalk at Speer Boulevard and Lincoln Street at 2:20 a.m. when he was hit by the black 1999 Subaru Legacy driving north on Speer, police said.

Peterson was thrown to the west side of the intersection, the affidavit said.

The Subaru, driven by a white woman with shoulder-length hair, kept driving north, dragging the bicycle under the car, police said.

At Bannock Street and Ninth Avenue, a witness saw the Subaru stop and a male passenger got out, pulled the mangled bike from under the car and tossed it in the hatchback, the affidavit said. The Subaru driver and passenger then took off.

Peterson was rushed to a hospital with a fractured skull and traumatic brain injuries, his brother, Matt Peterson, told 7NEWS. He died from his injuries that night.

Peterson was biking home from a friend's birthday party in the Washington Park neighborhood, his brother said.

Five hours after Peterson was hit, the woman who owns the Subaru reported it had been stolen from outside her home near Hudson, the affidavit said.

The next day, a patrol officer found the Subaru abandoned in the 18,000 block of East Atlantic Drive in Aurora.

Investigators found the hatchback had front-end damage and "blood and hair on the broken windshield that is consistent with an auto-pedestrian type collision," the affidavit said.

A Denver traffic investigator examined the Subaru and "concluded the vehicle has damage that is consistent with the collision at Speer and Lincoln and has broken lights with missing glass consistent with the glass recovered from the scene," the affidavit said.

Investigators said they would search a garage near where the Subaru was abandoned and the immediate area where it was parked for evidence, the affidavit said.

Peterson's bike has not been found.

The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made in the case, Denver police spokeswoman Detective Raquel Lopez said Friday.

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