DA formally charges Jim Tillmon in a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on South Parker Road

Zewde Ali hit, killed while standing in median

DENVER - Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged a 30-year-old man accused in a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on South Parker Road last week.

Jim Tillmon is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, both felonies, said district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, 61-year-old Zewde Ali was standing in the center median in the 1000 block of South Parker Road when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle.

Police said said the SUV driver was weaving in and out of heavy traffic on Parker when the SUV veered into a turn lane at a high rate of speed, hitting Ali. She died at the scene.

The charges accuse Tillmon of driving the SUV that hit Ali and fleeing the scene without providing aid or reporting the crash.

Police said they received a tip that led investigators to the suspect vehicle, a blue 2002 Buick Rendezvous, parked at an apartment complex near the crash scene.

Police said they located the registered owner of the Buick, who cooperated fully with investigators and wasn't the hit-and-run driver.

Tillmon was arrested Saturday after he turned himself in at the Denver Police Department, police said. He remains in the Denver Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court Friday morning to be formally advised of the charges against him.

Tillmon has a nine-page Colorado criminal history, including arrests for drug possession and trafficking, assault, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, forgery, identity theft, driving without a license, parole violation and obstructing police.

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