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DENVER - Denver police quickly identified a suspected hit-and-run driver accused of seriously injuring a pedestrian crossing Federal Boulevard last weekend thanks to witnesses who chased and snapped photos of the fleeing car.
Police arrested 24-year-old Amanda Ann Suhr on Sunday -- the day after the hit and run. She's charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, failure to report an accident, driving without a license and having no proof of insurance.
The hit-and-run happened about 8 p.m. Saturday. Suhr allegedly was driving a gold Chevrolet Impala north on Federal Boulevard at West 14th Avenue when she hit a pedestrian who was crossing federal in the crosswalk, but walking against the light, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by 7NEWS.
The driver briefly stopped, but never got out of the car to help the injured pedestrian, police said
As the driver took off in the Chevy, which had a flat tire, several witnesses chased the car, the affidavit said. The driver ran a red light to escape the pursuing witnesses.
Witnesses said the driver was a white woman in her 20s with a long, brown ponytail.
Some witnesses took photos capturing the Chevy's South Dakota license plate number -- 1AXL43 -- and its telltale profane bumper sticker -- "SIC…4LIFE" -- the affidavit stated.
Armed with the license plate number, police soon to traced Suhr to an apartment at 2340 W. 7th Ave. in the Arvada area. Two hours after the hit and run, Arvada police officers found the Chevy Impala parked outside the apartment building. Officers knocked on Suhr's apartment door, but no one answered, the affidavit said.
On Sunday afternoon, an anonymous caller asked Denver 911 to have police contact "Amanda," a woman involved in a Saturday hit-and-run, at Westwood Park on South Yates Street.
An officer went to the park and found Amanda Suhr, who said she didn't call the police, according to the affidavit.
The officer asked Suhr why he would have been called to meet her. She replied that her car had been stolen Saturday, but she was unable to provide any details on the car theft.
The officer noticed Suhr was "shaking and appeared visibly nervous," the affidavit stated. The officer called the Denver police traffic investigations unit and drove Suhr there for an interview.
When a traffic investigator advised Suhr of her right to remain silent and have an attorney present, she said she wanted a lawyer.
The detective told Suhr he was arresting her for felony hit and run. Suddenly, Suhr said, "I'll talk to you," according to the affidavit. But, after the suspect invoked her rights, the detective said the interview was over and he completed the arrest paperwork.
Suhr remains in Denver County Jail, with her bond set at $50,000. She is scheduled to appear in Denver County Courtroom Friday to be advised of the charges against her.