As we've reported, the metro area has seen aslew of hit-and-runs
lately. But an incident that took the life of 29-year-old Joshua Stewart may be the most bizarre.
Prosecutors believe Stewart was clinging to the side of a van when Cynthia Marie Vigil pried off his fingers -- after which Dannel Bond Kimble ran over him. And then Stewart was run over again.
At 9:57 p.m. on April 17, according to the Thornton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 9800 block of Race Street in regard to a possible hit-and-run.
Upon their arrival, they found a man later identified as Stewart lying motionless in the street. He'd been struck by a driver who'd stopped and called the authorities.
Why isn't this woman facing charges? Because investigators subsequently determined that Stewart had previously been hit by a 1995 Chevrolet cargo van driven by Kimble, 26, who'd had plenty of previous run-ins with the law.
Here's the first booking photo of Kimble shared by the TPD in its initial alert....
...and here's the second: We also found a third image on Justmugshots.com that features info about an arrest in early 2013: Kimble's last known address was listed by the TPD as "transient."
Eventually, Kimble turned himself in to authorities, with an arrest affidavit cited by the 17th Judicial District DA's office following.
The document maintains that Stewart was a passenger in the van and Kimble was behind the wheel when the pair got into an argument.
At that point, Stewart exited the van. But he was still holding on when Kimble took off, with Stewart clinging to the open-door frame.
At that point, the affidavit maintains, Vigil, who was also a passenger in the van, pried Stewart's fingers loose. After losing his grip, Stewart was run over by the van -- and then hit again by the second vehicle.
The DA's office has now accused Kimble with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, reckless vehicular homicide and manslaughter. Vigil also faces the latter allegation.
The pair have been advised of the charges against them. Kimble is due back in Adams County Court for a preliminary hearing on May 14.
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Our condolences to Stewart's friends, family and loved ones. Here's the latest Kimble mug shot, followed by Vigil's complete booking photo.
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."