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Woman, 74, struck and killed on crosswalk in Greeley identified; hit-and-run suspect in custody

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Posted at 8:32 AM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 11:44:00-05

GREELEY, Colo. — Authorities have identified a 74-year-old woman who was riding her electric scooter across a Greeley crosswalk when she was struck and killed by a driver.

At 4:22 p.m. on Nov. 17, officers with the Greeley Police Department responded to a report of a car crash at 13th Street and 35th Avenue next to Bittersweet Park. Multiple people called 911 to report a red pickup truck had struck a pedestrian and fled, police said.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found an injured elderly woman, who was later identified as Sharron Lee Smith, 74. She was transported to a hospital, where she died of her injuries, police said.

According to the Greeley Traffic Unit's investigation, the red GMC pickup truck struck Smith while she was riding her electric mobility scooter on the crosswalk on 35th Avenue. The suspect then fled the scene, dragging the scooter and debris from the 1300 block of 35th Avenue to the 1900 block of 35th Avenue, police said.

The suspect fled to her home on the 1200 block of 23rd Avenue, where she called police dispatch. She has been identified as 31-year-old Latoya Rodriguez. Police said they found her and the red pickup in the driveway. She was taken into custody on charges of a hit-and-run involving a death, failure to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian within a crosswalk and driving under revocation (alcohol), police said.