ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - Most residents of the Pioneer Village Mobile Home Park, near West 63rd and Federal, were sound asleep at 2:30 Friday morning, when suddenly there was a loud crash.
Brian Baylog said he ran outside and saw an SUV parked at an angle in the street, then saw his neighbor, Ramon Blanco, lying on the grass a few feet away.
"I reached under his head and held his back and picked him up because he was gurgling on his blood," Baylog said. "I started yelling for neighbors to call 911.
Baylog told 7NEWS that Blanco had stopped breathing by the time the ambulance arrived and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Investigators now believe that Blanco was struck intentionally.
"The officer said that the incident started in Denver and it came out here," said park manager Dorothy Ross-Overhultz.
The driver of the SUV fled on foot, but not until after getting into a confrontation with Blanco's 15-year-old son, Luis Manriquez.
Manriquez told 7NEWS that he too was asleep until he heard the crash.
He said he ran out of the house and saw the driver pick up a chain.
"He hit me in the head with it," Manriquez said. "I got mad and I took the chain and hit him."
He said that's when the driver took off running.
Adams County Sheriff deputies recovered the vehicle at the scene and arrested a suspect Friday evening. He was identified as 39-year-old Roberto Carlos Silva-Jaques. He is being held for investigation of first-degree murder.
Neighbors spent much of the day Friday repairing the fence and the house that were damaged by the SUV.
They described Blanco as a hard working man who respected everyone.
"He was kind and sweet," said Lucia Landon Mora. "He gave me rides when I didn't have a vehicle. I did the same for him. He was just a good guy. I feel so bad."
Several neighbor said Blanco was the only breadwinner in his family.
They said, "The kids are going to need help."