Fatal hit and run leaves Brighton family searching for answers
Vigil held for Shane Hale a year later
Last Updated: 105 days ago
BRIGHTON, Colo. - Friends and Family of a Brighton teenager killed in a hit and run crash continue to search for answers a year later.
Brighton Police said a cyclist found 19-year-old Shane Hale lying in a ditch off 116th and Peoria around midnight on Aug. 26, 2012. He later died after suffering a stroke at the hospital.
"It's been a really big struggle," said his brother, David Parnell.
Parnell told 7NEWS the past year has only left him with questions after police have failed to come up with answers as to what happened.
"People say he could've been on a vehicle, in the bed of a truck and fell out, thrown from the vehicle, hit and run. I honestly don't know," Parnell said.
According to the police report, Hale was found face down in a ditch, bleeding and unconscious. His shoes and some belongings were found in the street more than 40 feet away. The report notes investigators didn't see any skid marks in the road and couldn't find a point of impact.
"It almost looked like at that point, maybe he was placed there," Parnell said.
Parnell said police originally thought Hale was thrown from a car. The autopsy report states the cause of death as head trauma. Family believes he hit a nearby power pole after he was struck.
"Somebody out there knows something. Somebody was driving on the road that night. Somebody needs to come forward so we can find closure," said family friend, Corrie Sapien.
Friends held a vigil Sunday night where they shared stories about the 19-year-old.
A new detective has since taken over the case which has given Hale's family new hope.
"There's a new set of eyes looking at it. We really hope it can go somewhere now," Parnell said.
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