TWO SUS­PECTS HELD IN HIT-AND-RUN

The Denver Post - - ROUNDUP -

WEST­MIN­STER» The vic­tim of a hi­tand-run traf­fic in­ci­dent in West­min­ster re­mains on life sup­port while or­gan do­na­tions are ar­ranged, and po­lice have ar­rested two sus­pects in the case.

On Wed­nes­day, of­fi­cers were no­ti­fied of a pedes­trian down in the road near West 74th Av­enue and Sheri­dan Boule­vard, West­min­ster po­lice said in a news re­lease. The vic­tim, iden­ti­fied as Aaron Ramirez, 24, of Cal­i­for­nia, was taken to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal with life-threat­en­ing in­juries. The driver fled the scene.

Ramirez, sur­rounded by fam­ily, re­mains in the hos­pi­tal on life sup­port, po­lice said, as ar­range­ments are made for his or­gans and tis­sue to be do­nated.

“Aaron’s tragic death will save pre­cious lives, as his heart, lungs, and liver will be do­nated,” po­lice said.

On Thurs­day, the day after the hit and run, po­lice ar­rested Co­rina Lor­raine Kurtz, 27, as a sus­pect in the case. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve Kurtz was at a July 4th party prior to the in­ci­dent.

Kurtz has been charged with mul­ti­ple crimes in­clud­ing: fail­ure to re­main at the scene of a fa­tal hit and run; tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence; and driv­ing un­der a li­cense re­strained or re­voked.

Also ar­rested in the case is Nichalous Sanchez, 30, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Sanchez is sus­pected of be­ing in­volved after the in­ci­dent and faces a felony ac­ces­sory to crime charge.

Ozone alert ex­tended through Sun­day. The Colorado De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health and the En­vi­ron­ment on Satur­day ex­tended for a sec­ond time an ozone ac­tion alert for the Front Range and metro Den­ver.

The alert is now in place un­til 4 p.m. Sun­day. Health of­fi­cials say a com­bi­na­tion of hot tem­per­a­tures, clear skies and light to moder­ate winds make in­creased ground-level ozone more likely in the area. Smoke from mul­ti­ple wild­fires burn­ing around the state is ex­ac­er­bat­ing air qual­ity is­sues along the Front Range.

Man faces at­tempted mur­der charges. ADAMS COUNTY» A 22year-old man has been charged with two counts of at­tempted first-de­gree mur­der for al­legedly in­ten­tion­ally run­ning into and se­ri­ously in­jur­ing one man and try­ing to hit an­other.

Justin Tafoya al­legedly tried to kill the two men with his Honda Ac­cord fol­low­ing a May 27 ar­gu­ment at a Thorn­ton con­ve­nience store, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease by Sue Lind­say, spokes­woman for Adams County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dave Young.

Ryan Be­learde, 21, suf­fered a trau­matic brain in­jury and mul­ti­ple frac­tures.

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