LAKEWOOD, Colo. - A Colorado State Patrol investigator is inspecting an impounded 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser to determine if it could be the car that hit a teenage jogger Saturday in Lakewood, causing fatal injuries.
Gerard "Gerry" Julien, 15, was hit near the intersection of South Kipling Parkway and West Asbury Avenue, just south of West Jewell Avenue, just before 10 p.m. Saturday. He died the next morning at St. Anthony's Central Hospital.
If the investigator finds the damage is consistent with that type of crash, State Patrol spokesman Trooper Nate Reid said, they will file for a warrant to search both the inside and outside of the car. That will include the gathering of DNA evidence from the grill to compare to Julien and DNA from inside the car to compare to the suspect.
The suspect is an adult male, but investigators said they want to thoroughly investigate before they release his name or make an arrest.
Witnesses told investigators they saw two cars racing in the area at the time of the crash. Julien was hit as he was crossing Kipling Parkway. According to investigators, the vehicle that hit him may have run a red light.
Reid said troopers are still trying to verify that story and are looking for the possible second driver.
Julien wanted to be a Navy SEAL and was attending the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, "becoming a man," according to his father. He was staying with his family in Lakewood over Summer break and jogging Saturday night as part of his regimen to train for the academy, his father said.
"This is tough," Julien's father told 7NEWS and then asked for privacy as he and the family deal with the tragedy.