Medina Alert issued after hit-and-run in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood

Posted at 11:46 AM, Sep 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-09 14:16:56-04

DENVER – A Medina Alert has been issued by the Denver Police Department in conjunction with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation following an overnight hit-and-run crash in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Police said the hit-and-run crash took place at around 2:30 a.m. in the area of 12th Avenue and Sherman Street, about two blocks south of the Colorado State Capitol.

The driver of a 2014 black, Kia sedan with Colorado license plate DKS-644 reportedly hit a pedestrian who sustained serious bodily injury.

The vehicle was reported to have heavy front-end damage from a pole, the alert stated.

If you have any information about this hit-and-run crash, you are asked to call the Denver Police Department at (720) 913-2000.

More about Colorado's Medina Alert program

A Medina Alert is issued when three criteria are met: The crash is a hit-and-run; the crash has caused serious bodily injury; and law enforcement has a license plate number as well as the make, color and style of the vehicle and/or the suspect's identity. 

The alert's namesake honors the memory of Jose Medina, a 21-year-old valet driver who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2011. A taxi driver witnessed the event, followed the driver and gave police the license plate number, leading to the capture and arrest of the suspect who was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 12 years for a hit-and-run resulting in death.