Denver’s latest hit-and-run victim was killed in an area that has been the scene of seven similar injury incidents since 2011, according to an analysis by I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS and 9News.
Reid Huffman, 19, was hit and killed Saturday night while he was crossing South Federal Boulevard near West Dartmouth Avenue, an area with no crosswalks. He was hit by two cars, but only the first one stopped.
The driver of the second car, 18-year-old Eliu Jimenez, was arrested later that night. A judge set his bond at $50,000 in a hearing Monday.
An analysis of Denver police accident data found there have been seven hit-and-runs since 2011 resulting in injuries within a six block radius of where Huffman was killed.
The analysis is part of an ongoing investigation by 9Wants to Know and I-News into what is being called Colorado’s hit-and-run epidemic. The investigation shows that there have been more than 1,300 hit-and-runs with injuries between 2011 and 2013 in Denver, Aurora and Lakewood.
Huffman was a member of AmeriCorps, the national community service organization, and was currently based out of Denver’s AmeriCorps campus less than a block away from where the hit-and-run occurred.
Huffman’s family released this statement to 9NEWS on Monday afternoon:
“Reid has always had a servant heart. He was always putting others before himself. His desire to be a part of AmeriCorps was to help people to make a difference in their lives. He was a kind, loving and giving young man and loved dearly by his family. We are all devastated by his death, but know in our hearts he now lives in heaven with his savior Jesus. We want to thank everyone for your kind words and prayers.”
The latest 9News story is posted here.