Statewide hit-and-run 'Medina Alerts' become law

Named for valet Jose Medina, killed in hit-and-run

DENVER - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a bill creating statewide alerts for hit-and-run crashes in memory of a 21-year-old valet worker who was killed three years ago in Denver.

The legislation creates an Amber Alert-style notification system when authorities are looking for vehicles that were involved in serious hit-and-run crashes. The alerts will be implemented next year.

Supporters call them "Medina Alerts," after Jose Medina, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Hickenlooper signed the bill Tuesday outside the state Capitol, with Jose's mother, Linda, in attendance. She wiped away tears during the signing ceremony.

The cities of Denver and Aurora already have "Medina Alerts." During the two years they've been in place, there have been 17 alerts that resulted in 13 cases being solved.

"The Medina Alert will work to galvanize the entire community to assist law enforcement in the search, reporting and apprehension of a suspect or vehicle involved in a hit-and-run," said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in a written statement. "With the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Bureau of Investigation as partners in this effort, we will now be even more successful."

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