Update: Johnnie Duran, eighteen, surrenders in hit-and-run death of his own uncle
Johnnie Duran. More photos below.
Update: Last week, we told you about a fatal hit-and-run near 48th and Clarkson and the discovery of a truck thought to have led to a man's death.
Johnnie Duran, eighteen, subsequently surrendered in relation to the crime -- and the victim has been revealed to be Duran's uncle. Photos and details below.
Duran's Facebook page includes plenty of portraits, including this one....
...and this one....
...as well as several ultrasound photos dating from last August and September. Here's one example:
Meanwhile, several family members are sharing photos of Eugene Guerra, the 58-year-old who died in the incident, which one describes as a "freak accident."
What happened? According to Denver Police Department reps who spoke with Fox31, Guerra was protecting a scrapyard when Duran drove up and started loading metal into the back of a Ford pickup. Witnesses said an argument ensued, after which Duran climbed into the truck and took off -- but when he did so, he allegedly struck Guerra and caused metal to fall on him.
Guerra was pronounced dead at the scene, while Duran split, only to turn himself later that same day.
Our sincere condolences to Guerra's loved ones. Look below to see Duran's booking photo, followed by our earlier reporting on this tragic story.
Continue for our previous coverage of the 48th and Clarkson hit-and-run, including more photos.
Update, 1:14 p.m. June 6: Earlier today, we told you about a fatal hit-and-run that took place in a scrapyard near 48th and Clarkson; our previous coverage is below.
The Denver Police Department put out an alert for the suspect driver's vehicle: a white 1980s-vintage Chevrolet pickup. Now, the DPD believes they've found the truck in question, as seen in the photo above. At this writing, the driver hasn't been taken into custody, but presumably, the vehicle ID should give investigators a very good idea who he is and where to start looking for him. For more details, continue to see our original post.
Original post, 5:27 a.m.: As you drive into work today, you're likely to see signs like the one seen above: an alert for a white Chevrolet pickup, 1980s vintage, with a license plate thought to include the letters "IFQ."
The vehicle is being sought because its driver hit and killed a man last night, then fled the scene. More details and photos below.
The first message about the incident came from the Denver Police Department about seven hours ago at this writing:
Here's an interactive graphic showing the area near 48th and Clarkson. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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As you can see, this is an industrial stretch, and 7News is reporting that the man hit and killed may have been trying to prevent metal thieves from making off with items from a scrapyard when he was struck and killed.
Subsequent DPD tweets added details about the suspects. Here's one example....
UPDATE Headsup Suspect vehicle Late 80's 2dr white Chevy P/U w/partial plate IFQ. 2 occup. Driver Hispanic male, early 20's,short hair,— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 6, 2014
UPDATE Headsup CONT last seen N/B on Washington from 52nd— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) June 6, 2014
The victim of the hit-and-run has yet to be identified -- but if the driver and his companion were actually committed a crime when the man tried to stop them, charges could go beyond offenses such as leaving the scene of an accident.
In the meantime, the search for the truck is a high-priority for law enforcers, as witnessed by this tweet from 9News' Noel Brennan:
Contact the Denver Police Department with any information about the latest in a string of hit-and-runs to afflict the community.
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa April 14: "Four hit-and-run crashes in 24 hours, two deaths: See where they happened."
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