2 charged as accessories in Denver hit and run that killed Charlie Herrera

March 27 crash was on Kalamath and W. 13th Ave

DENVER - Two more people have been charged in connection with a fatal hit and run crash that occurred last week at 13th Avenue and Kalamath Street.

The March 27 crash killed 85-year-old Charlie Herrera. 

Police said Latoya Nelson, 29, was heading southbound on Kalamath in a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix and ran a red light at West 13th Avenue, hitting a car broadside that was driven by Herrera.

Herrera died at the scene.

Witnesses said Nelson got out of her wrecked car and ran from the scene.   She was arrested hours later during a routine traffic stop at 31st and California streets. She was driving a vehicle registered to another person, according to police.

Nelson has been charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, criminal impersonation and third-degree assault.

On Friday, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey announced two more people were formally charged in connection with the fatal hit and run.

Kelly Carey-Morehead,  43,  and Kiki Douglas, 30, were both charged with being an accessory to crime and false reporting to authorities.

An arrest warrant affidavit states that Douglas was the passenger in the car driven by Nelson and Carey-Morehead was the person who rented the car that Nelson was driving at time of the crash.  However Carey--Morehead said she knew the driver was "Kimberly Jones" but did not know where she lived. Douglas also identified the driver as "Kimberly Jones."

When Nelson was arrested,  she said Carey-Morehead had admitted to her that she made up the name "Kimberly Jones" to avoid identifying her.

The charges filed Friday allege that the two provided false identifying information and rendered other assistance to Nelson after the hit and run.

The two will be in court on April 16 to be advised of the charges against them.  A preliminary hearing was set for April 22.

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