Denver Police seek female driver in deadly hit-and-run who fled scene on foot

Male driver dies at hospital

DENVER - Denver police say a female driver is wanted in a deadly hit-and-run after she ran a red light, broadsided another car and fled on foot from the scene.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said a woman driving a red car south on Kalamath Street ran a red light at 13th Avenue and crashed into a white car traveling westbound on 13th, just before 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.

The woman stumbled out of her wrecked car and ran from the crash scene, witnesses told 7NEWS reporter Lance Hernandez.

The male driver from the white car was transported to a hospital where he later died, Jackson said.

"I asked him his name and he told me his name," said Nathan Martin, who saw the crash happen. "After he told me his name, he stopped breathing.  And we started CPR on him."

Martin said he has training in first aid and CPR, but it had no effect.

"I just have on my mind that he passed away in my arms, and it's just really, really hard," said Martin.

He said he actually helped the suspect out of her car before he ran to tend to the other driver.

"She seemed dazed," he said.

He described her as a black woman, with gold teeth, a thick build, in her late 20s or early 30s, wearing black pants and a white shirt.

7NEWS learned the incident might have begun in the parking lot of a Burger King two blocks away, at Kalamath Street and Colfax Avenue.

A security guard told 7NEWS there was security operation under way at the strip mall, because guards suspected a woman in a red car might be selling marijuana on the property.

The security guard said guards told the woman in the red car to leave and she sped off, hitting a car in the parking lot.

She then raced south on Kalamath toward 13th Avenue where the deadly crash occurred.

Because of the investigation, 13th Avenue was closed at Santa Fe Drive. Kalamath Street was closed at 14th Avenue.