Aurora hit and run suspect arrested after witness provides license plate number

Victim picked up then dropped off at 7-Eleven

AURORA, Colo. - A suspect is under arrest in connection with a hit-and-run last week involving a 14-year-old girl in Aurora.

William A. Elliot, 18, of Aurora, is being held in the Arapahoe County Jail for investigation of second-degree kidnapping and other traffic-related charges including driving without a license and no proof of insurance.

Aurora police made the arrest Wednesday.

Police found an eyewitness at a nearby bus stop the morning after the accident who was able to provide the license plate number of the suspect's car. Investigators tracked the car to a nearby address but were unsuccessful in locating the car for several days.

On Wednesday morning, they found the car at the address and waited until a teenager matching the description given by the witness came out and got into the car.  That's when police arrested Elliot.

Police said the young girl was hit on Dec. 6 while attempting to cross East Colfax Avenue at Laredo Street.  

Erika Ruiz told 7NEWS that her daughter was on her way to school for soccer practice when she was hit.

She said police estimate the driver was going 20 to 25 miles per hour when he struck the teenager.

"She was knocked to the ground," Ruiz said. "She tried to get up and fell back down."

Police said the driver may have panicked after the accident.

"He said, 'Let me get you up... put you in my car and take you to the 7-Eleven,'" Ruiz said. "My daughter said, 'No,' because that's what she was taught, to never get in a car with strangers."

The girl said the driver picked her up by her jacket and put her in his car.  Then he drove around several blocks before stopping at a  7-Eleven at Colfax and Laredo where he dropped her off before fleeing.

News of the suspect's arrest was released Thursday afternoon.