Hit-and-run suspect works at Cherry Creek school

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DENVER - The man accused in a deadly hit-and-run worked at a Denver high school.

Denver Public Schools confirmed Nathan Beechley, 30, was employed as a security guard at Montbello High School from May 2007 to May 2012.

Beechley is accused of a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian early Tuesday morning. He was arrested near East Dartmouth Avenue and South Ventura Street in Aurora Tuesday afternoon.

The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Jonathan Daniel Lewis.

Denver police say if the alleged driver involved in the hit-and-run stopped, Daniel could have survived the collision.

Cherry Creek Schools hired Nathan Beechley on August 14, 2012. He is a special ed para assistant teacher at Grandview High School.

Cherry Creek Schools has to meet with him to put him on leave. Whether or not it will be paid, will be determined at that time.
He is not coming back to school at this point.

His sick leave would not cover being in jail. As of now he is not being paid. School officials say they would have to wait until he bonded out to talk about placing him on leave.

Beechely came to Cherry Creek Schools from Montbello High School where he worked as a security guard.

Sgt. Brian Conover responded to the scene of East 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard Tuesday morning at about 2 a.m.

"We have to look out for each other," Conover said. "At the very least we need to stop and check on people. Had somebody stopped for this man, he may not have died. It's that simple. He may have gotten help right away and he may be alive right now."

Denver police were looking for a dark blue car. A Crime Stoppers tip led investigators to the Aurora home. 

Sonny Jackson, a spokesperson for the Denver Police Department, said it appears the victim was crossing in or near the cross walk when they were struck, but it's not clear who had the right of way at this point in their investigation.

Conover said Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they looked for surveillance video in the area to help locate the car. Investigators did collect some evidence at the scene.

"We've got bumper trim. [It was] silver [and] kind of cheap bumper trim. It was left near the [victim]," Conover said. "We also have metallic blue paint chips that were left in the debris field from the point of impact all the way from where the party was deposited from the vehicle."

Police say that so far this year, four people have been killed in three hit-and-runs in Denver.

According to an arrest record, Beechley has had several traffic violations, including a DWAI, going back to 2005.


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