Suspect in deadly hit and run at 9th and Colorado made his first court appearance Wednesday

Victim identified as Jonathan Daniel Lewis, 35

DENVER - The suspect in Tuesday's deadly hit and run at 9th and Colorado made his first court appearance Wednesday morning wearing a special smock.

The padded smock resists tearing and is typically worn by inmates on suicide watch to deter them from creating a noose with other clothing.

In court, the judge set bond at $10,000 for Nathan Beechley, 30.

Investigators said they found a piece of a blue car in the middle of the street after the crash. They began looking for a dark, blue car with front end damage. Police said the suspect vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, was found in an apartment complex 15 miles away in Aurora, near Hampden Avenue and Tower Road.

The coroner's office identified the victim as Jonathan Daniel Lewis, 35. He had multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner said.

Police said Lewis was crossing Colorado Boulevard near 9th Avenue at 2 a.m. when he was hit and killed.

There were no witnesses, but police said other drivers stopped and tried to help the victim.

Police said they believe Lewis was walking home from a bar just south of the intersection. It appears he lived about two blocks from where he was killed.

7NEWS checked Beechley's criminal history. We found that he has previously been arrested for driving under the influence and driving without a valid license.

We also confirmed he worked as a security guard for Denver Public Schools from May 2007 until May 2012.

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