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3 hit-and-runs reported in Denver this weekend

1:23 PM, Feb 17, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - 9Wants to Know has learned that police responded to three hit-and-run crashes involving injuries over the weekend.

Two resulted in injuries and one left an 11-year-old boy dead.

Oswaldo Lopez, 21, from Aurora, is suspected of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving death in the death of an 11-year-old boy in the worst of the three hit-and-run accidents since Friday. According to the police report, Lopez was traveling northbound on Federal Blvd. at 60 miles per hour at the time. The posted speed limit was 35 miles per hour.

Michael "Mikey" Espinoza was struck around 8 p.m. His family was on scene after the accident.

The first accident of the weekend happened on Friday, February 14 at 6 p.m. A woman driving a vehicle was hit while driving onto Quebec at 2nd Avenue when she was struck by another vehicle.

The driver of the other car fled the scene on foot. Police are still looking for that suspect.

The second accident happened at Broadway and I-25 on Saturday night around 10:30 p.m. Five people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One of the injured was a pregnant woman. Both the driver and passenger of the suspect's car fled the scene on foot. Police are still looking for the driver.

9Wants to Know and I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS launched a campaign to bring light to the hit and run epidemic last week. To spread the word about hit and runs use the hashtag #justSTOP.

Use the hashtag when you see police are looking to find a hit and run suspect.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) or by using the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for an award of up to $2,000.

The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app is immediately available as a free download on the App Store for Apple devices, on Google Play for Android devices and on the BlackBerry App World for select BlackBerry devices.

If you have a newstip, email blowthewhistle@9news.com.

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