Crime

Speed Kills: 17-Year-Old Busted for Early Morning Vehicular Homicide on Federal


Early this morning, a crash on Federal Boulevard resulted in two injuries and one fatality.

The latter is a woman — and the Denver Police Department believes the incident that took her life constitutes a crime.

A seventeen-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, among other charges.

And the DPD maintains that excessive speed was a factor in the tragedy that ensued.


According to the department, the crash took place around 1:30 a.m. today, July 27, near the intersection of 23rd and Federal.

The area is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."


Here's the first DPD tweet about what happened....

....followed by this message containing additional details....

...and a third post mentioning speed:


Thus far, there's been no mention that a street race was underway when the accident occurred.

However, Federal Boulevard is a frequent setting for such races, and some of them have had heartbreaking results.

Last November, for instance, Regis University student Rachel Neiman was killed in a fatal street race further north on Federal, near the 54th Avenue intersection.

At this writing, today's accident has been cleared, as documented in this tweet from Fox31/CW 2's Greg Nieto:

Thus far, the names of those associated with the crash have yet to be shared — and there's no telling when or if we'll learn them.

Presumably, the identity of the person who died in the crash will be made public by the Denver coroner's office after next-of-kin notification.

But the seventeen-year-old driver's name will only be released if prosecutors decide to charge him as an adult.

In the meantime, our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of the woman who died earlier this morning on Federal Boulevard.
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts