Norma Vera-Nolasco so drunk she didn't know she'd hit Jose Medina 'til she got home: Affidavit
The hit and run that killed Rockstar Lounge valet Jose Medina last month was committed by Norma Vera-Nolasko, according to her arrest affidavit, which is on view below. Accompanying it, and also accessible in their entirety, are probable cause statements pertaining to Eliu Montes-Garcia, Yolonda Bastida-Nolasco and Guadalupe Bastida, who allegedly conspired to cover for Vera-Nolasco, who tried but failed to flee to Mexico.
On the night of the collision, the affidavit states, Vera-Nolasco told Montes-Garcia, the first person to be arrested in the incident, that while behind the wheel of her white pickup, she thought she'd hit something on Lincoln, the street where Medina died, since the side mirror was "dangling." Montes-Garcia, who told police he thought Vera-Nolasco sounded drunk during the conversation, later inspected the truck and saw fresh damage on the front and side of the vehicle.
Another witness told cops Vera-Nolasco maintained that she hadn't known she'd killed anyone until after seeing news reports about the hit and run that featured images of the pickup.
According to his probable cause statement, Montes-Garcia reportedly conceded that he tried to hide the pickup in Commerce City because he was "scared" -- and because Vera-Nolasco had asked him to do so. And the probable cause statements related to Guadalupe Bastida and Yolonda Bastida-Nolasco tell the tale of the attempted escape.
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Officers allegedly saw Bastida, Vera-Nolasco's half brother, throw out a white plastic bag containing the pickup's registration and other documents showing that she lived in the Denver area. As for Bastida-Nolasco, she initially claimed not to know Vera-Nolasco -- but her probable cause statement says she later admitted to driving her to Denver International Airport, buying a ticket to Mexico City on her Visa card, and giving Vera-Nolasco her ID.
In the end, Vera-Nolasco only got as far as Arizona before being taken into custody -- and the three people who assisted her are facing serious charges. All four are reportedly in the U.S. illegally.
Vera-Nolasco's photo is immediately below. Page down to see booking shots of the other suspects, as well as the aforementioned affidavit and probable cause statements, plus original releases from the Denver Police Department:
Denver Police Department releases:
On January 26, 2011, shortly before 9:00 p.m., Denver Police contacted Phoenix Police Officers at Sky Harbor Airport concerning a wanted passenger traveling from Denver to Mexico. The passenger Norma Vera-Nolasko, had a felony warrant issued for her arrest and it was believed she was flying under an alias to Mexico through Phoenix.
The officers confirmed that she was in fact on a U.S. Air flight that was pulling away from the gate. The flight returned to the gate and Vera-Nolasko was taken into custody without incident by Phoenix Police Officers. She was subsequently booked into the Maricopa County Jail for the warrant.
Denver Police also arrested Yolonda Bastida-Nolasco (DOB03/10/67) and Guadalupe Bastida (DOB11/12/62) in Denver in connection with the crime.
It has been determined that the Hit and Run vehicle is a white GMC extended cab pick-up Colorado license plate # 895VYF. The vehicle has damage to the front right and along the passenger side.
Previous Release 01/24/11, 10:52 a.m.
On January 22, 2011, at 11:50 p.m. Denver Police responded to the scene of a hit and run accident in the 900 Block Lincoln Street. The victim was transported to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Scene investigation showed the suspect vehicle was northbound on Lincoln Street when it struck the victim, a valet, who was assisting the driver out of their vehicle.
The suspect vehicle was followed by a cab driver who provided the following information: The suspect vehicle is a white, older model (03-05) GMC, Sierra, Suburban SUV type, with tinted windows and with Colorado license plate # 895VYF. The vehicle may have damage to the right front fender, and bumper.
The vehicle was last seen stopped near 20th St & Washington St.
If anyone has information regarding this case please contact Denver Police Traffic Investigations Bureau at 720-337-1000 or call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash award up to $2,000.
Vera-Nolasco Arrest Affidavit:
Montes-Garcia Probable Cause Statement:
Bastida Probable Cause Statement:
Bastida-Nolasco Probable Cause Statement:
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Brandon Mondragon charged in hit-and-run that injured Tim Albo, Heather Kornman."
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