Police release photo of hit-and-run suspect who nearly cost young father his leg

Victim undergoes 15 surgeries

DENVER - Denver police have released video of the woman they suspect was involved in a hit and run that left a young father in danger of losing his leg.

They are asking for help identifying the woman and her two friends.

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

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."

 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 green knit cap, was driving the car that she and her friends got into in the parking lot. The woman backed up, then drove toward him and hit him, pinning him against the Red Box machine.

"I heard the engine and saw her face," he 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 have 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 the out-of-focus video of the incident, "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’s attorney says the injuries to his client are significant, but that justice is more important.

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

Maes says the woman with the knit cap was driving a old, red Subaru station wagon

He's hoping that someone may have heard the women talking about the incident and that they'll come forward.

"We don't know if one of her friends said, 'Let’s hit him' or 'Step on the gas,'" Maes said. "But they certainly know what happened."

If you recognize the woman in the knit cap or her two friends, contact Detective Victoria Olivar at the Denver Police Department at 720-913-1110.

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