Hit-and-run alerts approved in Colorado

DENVER - Coloradans may soon see emergency alerts for hit-and-run-drivers.

The state Senate voted 30-1 Tuesday to create an Amber Alert-style notification system when authorities are looking for vehicles that were involved in serious hit-and-run crashes.

The alert system was already approved by the state House and is in place in Denver.

Supporters call them "Medina Alerts," after Jose Medina, who was killed two years ago by a hit-and-run driver while working as a valet. A taxi driver followed the car, wrote down its license plate and helped authorities locate the driver.

The bill would expand the hit-and-run alerts statewide in 2015. The bill now goes to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for approval.

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