Valet Co. Cited For No License Following Valet's Death

Rockstar Lounge Valet Killed Last Month In Hit-And-Run

Denver police have cited the owner of a valet parking business for not having a license to operate at a Denver lounge where a parking valet was killed in a hit-and-run.

Police issued a citation to Everardo Moses Garcia III for operating without a valet business license, according to Detective John White.

Garcia faces up to a $999 fine and a year in jail, because his service did not have valet operator license or location license, Meghan Hughes, spokeswoman for the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, told 7NEWS last month.

A valet on his third night on the job was killed by a hit-and-run driver outside the Rockstar Lounge on Jan. 22.

Jose Medina, 21, was standing on the street, holding a car door open for a patron outside the lounge at 940 Lincoln St. when he was hit. The vehicle that hit him did not stop but was captured on surveillance cameras.

Four people have been arrested in connection with Medina's death.

Denver has rigorous regulations for valet services, including requiring an $875 operator license and a $200 location license for each venue a valet contractor serves, Hughes said.

Requirements for the license include valet criminal background checks and approval of a parking plan and map of the venue area to ensure public safety at the valet station, Hughes said. Valet services also need a minimum $250,000 liability insurance and $1 million personal injury insurance as well as a valid lease for private parking lots.

Rocky Mountain Valet Inc. owner Chris Misko said he filed a license application on Nov. 17 for the Rockstar Lounge, but he quickly pulled out of the job because he couldn't find the required parking.