Police arrest woman suspected of intentional hit and run at 7-Eleven Red Box kiosk

Victim: I'm glad they got her

DENVER - Denver police have arrested a woman suspected an intentional hit and run collision that seriously injured an Aurora man and nearly cost him a leg.

Fanya Juwan Weatherspoon, 40, was booked into the Denver Jail on Thursday.  She is being held on $50,000 bond for investigation of intimidating a witness or victim and assault with a deadly weapon causing injury.

Weatherspoon has a Colorado criminal history dating to 1991, including arrests for child abuse, assault, domestic violence, harassment, damaging property and failing to report an auto accident.

The hit-and-run victim, Alejandro Lopez, 29, told 7NEWS that on Jan. 3 he went to the 7-Eleven at 11th Avenue and Yosemite Street with his two kids and a friend to get some snacks.

He said his son swung a bag of chips which accidentally hit his sister in the face.

"The woman behind us said if he were her son, she would spank him," Lopez said. "My friend told her to mind her own business."

A witness who was inside the store told 7NEWS that Lopez' friend said much more than that.

 After paying for the snacks, Lopez went outside to the Red Box kiosk to rent a movie.

He says the woman, who was wearing a knit cap, and her friends got into her SUV. The woman backed up the vehicle, then drove toward Lopez and hit him, pinning him against the Red Box machine.

A witness told 7NEWS that the driver then put the SUV in reverse, backed up, stopped, put it in drive and hit the victim again.

"I heard the engine and saw her face," Lopez said. "She was stepping on the gas."

The impact broke Lopez's right leg and caused deep tissue damage. The resulting infection nearly cost him his leg.

Lopez says doctors performed 15 surgeries, many of them skin grafts, to save his leg.

He's now walking on crutches.

"I'm kind of angry," he said, while watching an out-of-focus surveillance video of the hit and run, "because I'm like this." 

The accident cost the young father his livelihood.

"I'm an electrician's apprentice," he said. "But, I haven't been able to work and can't make house payments."

Lopez says after striking him, the woman backed up and then drove away.

"She has destroyed my life," he said.

Lopez' attorney says the injuries to his client are significant, but that justice is more important.

"Society cannot allow this kind of behavior," said F. Lee Maes.

Lopez said he's glad police have made an arrest.


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