Exclusive Video shows hit-and-run car crash that injured 3 on Colfax, driver running away
Witness: 1 victim pinned between car, fence
Last Updated: 133 days ago
DENVER - Denver police say a driver ran from a station wagon after striking three pedestrians near Colfax and Josephine on Tuesday afternoon.
Witness Brandon Hamilton said he was about to cross the street when he saw the wagon veer into the curb.
"I see a car come in front of me, swerves about 2 or 3 feet in front of me to the right and just crashes right into the bus stop," Hamilton told 7NEWS reporter Molly Hendrickson.
"(The driver) climbed out the driver-side window and took off running down Josephine," Hamilton added.
Witness Mark Hammerlund gave Hendrickson a photo that he said showed the suspect running away. The bald man was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.
Surveillance video, obtained by 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger from a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store, shows the speeding station wagon deflecting off a light pole, sending a tire flying into the air. The same angle shows witnesses putting their hands over their mouths in shock.
Two other camera angles show the same suspect walking hastily past the front door of the convenience store about 12 seconds after the car hit the light pole. It's roughly the same moment that Hammerlund snapped his photo from the opposite direction.
Michael Shen, an orthopedic surgeon, was getting a haircut nearby and rushed to the assistance of the victims. One man was pinned between the car and a fence. A steel rod impaled his leg.
"One of the fireman actually said, 'We know you're a doctor, we know you're trying to help.' I said, 'Well, no. I'm an orthopedic surgeon. This is what I do.' And then they kind of backed off," he told reporters.
"When I got closer, I noticed that he had large lacerations and looked to be bone protruding out of both legs," Shen said.
Shen said he was focused on the injuries to a man's legs, while firefighters near his head gave the man encouragement.
"I can't say enough about those guys," Shen said. "They do these things every single day."
Shen said he's hopeful the injured man will recover. Police said the other two who were injured escaped with minor scrapes and bruises.
Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez said the car involved in the crash was abandoned at the scene. Officers are searching a five mile area for the driver.
The car, apparently a Saab station wagon, was hoisted on to a tow truck around 4:10 p.m. The right side of the vehicle was damaged from the gas cap to the front fender. The right front tire and wheel were missing.
Westbound lanes of Colfax were closed by emergency vehicles between 2 p.m. and 4:20 p.m.
Police and firefighters originally reported four people were injured, but that number was revised downward by a police spokeswoman on scene.
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