Suspect in hit and run that killed 11-year-old boy held on $50,000 bond

Oswaldo Lopez has prior careless driving case

DENVER - The driver suspected in a hit and run that killed an 11-year-old boy in west Denver appeared in court Tuesday.

Oswaldo Lopez, 21, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of vehicular homicide-reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. He remained in Denver's Downtown Detention Center Monday with bond set at $50,000. 

11-year-old Michael "Mikey" Espinoza was walking to his mother's house with his 14-year-old cousin when he was hit, a relative told 7NEWS.

The accident happened at 8 p.m. Sunday on Federal Boulevard over W. Colfax Ave.

The Espinoza was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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 as the suspected driver.

Monday evening, 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 miles per hour 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.

Members of the victim's family and the suspect's family were in court for Tuesday's proceedings.

The next court date for Lopez has not been set.

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