SUV driver accused in Denver hit-and-run that killed an airman from Aurora overnight

Witnessed helped police track down suspect

DENVER - Denver Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the overnight hit-and-run that killed an airman near Monaco Parkway and Alameda Avenue in Denver.

A witness reportedly helped officers track down and arrest the driver, who was later identified by police as 32-year-old William Pettapiece.

Pettapiece had allegedly driven away from the fatality in a Mitsubishi SUV. Police found him on a nearby side street.

The motorcyclist killed in the crash, a 23-year-old whose full identity has not yet been released, was serving in the Air Force and living in Aurora. His name will not be released until after all of his family is notified.

The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say alcohol may have played a role in this crash.

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