The DPD followed less than twenty minutes later with this grim update:
UPDATE: Auto/Pedestrian hit/ run accident on Colfax and Fox has been declared a fatality. Cont....— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) February 8, 2015
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By 3:36 a.m., the DPD had put out an alert for a specific vehicle, complete with license plate number:
UPDATE:#DPD is looking for a Black Dodge Journey (244GQU) with front end damage involved in the Hit/Run auto/Ped accident at Colfax & Fox.— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) February 8, 2015
We don't know at this point if a witness saw the crash and recorded the license plate number of the vehicle that fled the scene or if surveillance footage in the area caught a glimpse of the ride in question. However, the results were made clear by this tweet, from 8:14 a.m.:
UPDATE: Vehicle in Hit/Run accident at Colfax & Fox has been recovered and driver is in custody, identified as 30yo Brenda Rosales-Montoya.— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) February 8, 2015
At this writing, the department has not released a booking photo for Rosales-Montoya, and neither has the victim been identified, pending next-of-kin notification.
Look below to see a larger version of her booking photo.
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