Police looking for grey sedan involved in hit-and-run crash that injured East High School student

Two students seriously injured in 2 crashes

DENVER - Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that will lead police to the driver and car involved in a hit-and-run crash Wednesday morning near East High School.

Denver Police say a 16-year old student was northbound in the crosswalk at Colfax Avenue and Elizabeth street when a grey sedan ran a red light and hit her.

Police told 7NEWS that the four-door sedan, possibly a Dodge Stratus, was driven by a White or Hispanic female in her 20s or 30s, with shoulder-length red hair.

“After being struck by the car, the vehicle continued to flee eastbound,” said Det. Michael Bochert of the Denver Police Department.

Several students witnessed the accident or its immediate aftermath.

“I was on the 15 (RTD Colfax route) this morning. I got off with a friend and we were walking and heard a big crash,” said East High student Tyree Pruitt. “We looked back and saw a girl on the ground.”

The victim, her backpack and a shoe were lying on the pavement when Claire Sutton pulled up to the intersection.

“My mom was there too,” Sutton said. “She was like, ‘Oh God,’ just pray for her family.”

"Our (16-year-old) victim was transported to the hospital with severe head injuries and is currently still there in critical condition," Bochert said.

The detective said police had spoken with the girl's mother, who asked them to do everything they can to find the driver.

"She also asks that the individual responsible for this to please come forward to do the right thing," he said.

Students were stunned to learn that a schoolmate had been injured and that the driver failed to stop.

“It’s crazy that someone has the mental capacity to hit someone and hurt someone and just drive away,” said East High student Delaney Butz.

“I don’t understand how you can hit a kid and leave and see them injured,” said Keelin Bettridge. “It’s just a tragedy to see it happen.”

A witness provided police with a partial license plate number for the grey sedan, 226-WD_.

Investigators said the car likely has damage to the front end.

Police recovered a piece of debris from the scene. Bochert said it could have come from the bumper or from the side-view mirror.

Late Wednesday, Denver police released a YouTube video of the hit and run:

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv3QBtWO00Q&feature=youtu.be

"There was some swerving, some evasive action. That indicates to me that this person knew they struck something," Bochert said.

Minutes later, police were called to a second auto-pedestrian crash just four blocks away at Colfax and Fillmore Street.

Video from AIRTRACKER7 showed one person on the pavement.

Police told 7NEWS that the female victim in that second crash was not seriously injured.

They said she did not have the right-of-way and stepped out into traffic.

The driver in that second accident stopped.

Denver Public School officials sent a crisis team to East High School to help students who witnessed the accident or its aftermath, or those who know either of the victims.

“Sometimes for kids, events like these, even if they haven’t seen them, can trigger thoughts, memories, fears and concerns,” said Susana Cordova, DPS’ chief academic officer. “So we want to make sure there is a safe place for all students to get the help they need for any reason.”

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident, or who recognizes the car to call investigators.

Or you can call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).