Oswaldo Lopez charged in Denver hit-and-run crash that killed 11-year-old boy

DENVER - The driver suspected in a hit-and-run crash that killed an 11-year-old boy in west Denver was formally charged Thursday.

Oswaldo Lopez, 21, is accused of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and vehicular homicide, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office.

At about 8 p.m. Sunday, Lopez was driving at a high-rate of speed northbound on Federal Boulevard near Colfax Avenue when he struck Michael Espinoza, who was crossing midblock, prosecutors said.

Investigators said Lopez continued to drive away after the crash and did not stop to help the child.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators found part of a front bumper from a dark blue Dodge Charger and a front license plate at the scene. Officers found the car at an Aurora home and arrested Lopez.

7NEWS obtained a copy of the police report from Denver Police. It indicates that no "avoidance maneuver" was attempted by Lopez before the impact, and that the Dodge was moving at about 60 mph at the time.

Espinoza was hit while crossing the road from east to west and a diagram in the report indicates he was dragged down the road.

In December, Lopez was cited for careless driving in Denver. In that case, Lopez was ordered last month to attend a defensive driving school class called "Alive at 25," court records state. He has until March 3 to complete the course.

Lopez is scheduled to appear in Denver court on Feb. 24, to be formally advised of the charges.

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