TWO SUSPECTS HELD IN HIT-AND-RUN
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.