If you had to choose an ideal place and time for street racing in the Denver metro area, would you pick Kipling just shy of 10 p.m. on a Saturday night?
Most of those with an I.Q. over fifty probably would answer "no." But a pair of drivers apparently decided such a stunt was a good idea -- and as a result, Gerard "Gerry" Julien, a fifteen-year-old aspiring Navy SEAL who was jogging in the area, is dead, the victim of a hit and run.
Photos, a video and details below.
The website of Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, lists Julien, of Scotts Valley, California, as one of 69 plebes joining the MMA cadet corps at the start of the 2012-2013 school year; the photo above is from the parade introducing them. Also featured in 7News' coverage of the tragedy is a shot of Julien playing football....
...and taking part in training activities:
But young Julien's dreams of the future were short-circuited this past weekend in Lakewood, where he was visiting family who live in the area. At approximately 9:55 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Colorado State Patrol, a jogger later identified as Julien was crossing Kipling at West Asbury Avenue, just south of West Jewell Avenue, when two vehicles -- a red or orange Chrysler PT Cruiser and a black sedan -- roared through the area in what appeared to be a street race.
It's believed that the PT Cruiser struck Julien.
It's not as if the driver didn't know he or she had come into contact with someone or something. The violence of the impact is epitomized by suspected damage to its front grill, hood, windshield and roof. Yet neither the PT Cruiser nor the sedan stopped at the scene of the accident.
Julien was transported to St. Anthony's Central Hospital with serious injuries, and he failed to respond to treatment.
No arrests have been made at this point, but that appears to only be a matter of time. The state patrol notes that the PT Cruiser in question has been located, and its driver identified, following a tip from a family member of the person who'd been behind the wheel.
Thus far, that individual has not been publicly named, and there's no info yet on the sedan or its driver. The investigation continues as Julien's family mourns an unimaginable shock. Our condolences to his friends and loved ones.
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Here's the 7News report:
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Gregory Hauptmann busted in David Hernandez hit-and-run after taking car for repair."