Driver, Mark Skipper, pleads guilty in Denver bus stop crash that injured 3 pedestrians last summer

Witnesses: Driver crawled out car window, ran away

DENVER - The man who crashed a car into pedestrians waiting at a Denver bus stop last July has pleaded guilty.

Mark Skipper, 54, pleaded guilty to felony vehicular assault, misdemeanor third-degree assault and felony violation of bail bond conditions, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office.

On July 30, Skipper was driving a borrowed Saab hatchback westbound on East Colfax Avenue near Josephine Street when he struck the curb and lost control of the vehicle.  The Saab veered onto the sidewalk, striking three pedestrians sitting on a bus stop bench, according to an arrest affidavit.

Witnesses told police the driver slid out of driver-side window of the damaged Saab and ran from the scene. Police soon identified Skipper as the suspect and he was arrested the next day.

One victim required surgery for two fractured legs, police said. Two other victims had minor injuries.

Skipper remains in the Denver Detention Center. He faces mandatory prison time when he is scheduled to appear for sentencing in Denver District on April 4.

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