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William Elliott, ID'd as "Good Samaritan" hit and run driver, may face kidnapping charge

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Pics, video below.
Update: Last week, we told you about a strange hit-and-run case in which the driver who struck a teen briefly picked her up before dropping her at a 7-Eleven and speeding off; see previous coverage below. Initial debate centered on whether the guy was being Good Samaritan of a sort, but that's not reflected in the allegations against William Elliott, the man police believe was at the wheel. Among possible allegations against him is second-degree kidnapping.

At around 6 a.m. on December 6, as we reported earlier, a fourteen-year-old girl was trying to cross East Colfax at Laredo Street when she was hit by a vehicle. Instead of immediately hitting the gas, the driver stopped, put the injured girl into his car, then started east on Colfax -- after which he executed two U-turns before heading back to the 7-Eleven near where the accident took place. There, the girl, who suffered scrapes and abrasions in the incident, got out in the parking lot and he vamoosed.

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The 7-Eleven where the victim was dropped off, as seen from the air.
Initially, Aurora police didn't think the driver was planning to hurt the girl any more than he already had. In an interview with 9News, department spokesman Officer Frank Fania said, "The suspect didn't make any threats, really didn't make any statements, never touched her, harmed her, threatened her in any way. It appears that he truly was trying to get her help and maybe panicked and fortunately brought her right back to the 7-Eleven. But then he drove off, which is still a crime."

With that in mind, the APD returned to the scene of the accident the following morning and managed to track down a witness who provided a license plate number for the car that hit the girl. Investigators soon traced it to a nearby address, but the vehicle wasn't there. However, after several return trips, they spotted it and set up a surveillance operation -- and yesterday morning about this time, Elliott, eighteen, was seen climbing into it. He was promptly arrested and the car was towed away as evidence.

Elliott was transported to the Arapahoe County Jail, where he was held on suspicion of what are referred to as "traffic-related charges," including driving without a license or proof of insurance. But he's also facing a possible second-degree-kidnapping count, even though the amount of time the girl was in his car appears to have been around a minute or so.

Will Arapahoe County prosecutors go forward with the kidnapping accusation, if only to pressure Elliott to plead guilty on other counts? We'll see. But for future reference, one's Good Samaritan reputation isn't enhanced by leaving the scene.

Look below to see a larger version of Elliott's mug shot, a Fox31 report and his booking sheet, followed by our previous coverage.

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William Elliott.

Elliott Arrest-Booking Sheet

Continue for our previous coverage.


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7 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

That's almost like taking a chick through a 'drive-thru' after raping her .

'Adult Swim' material .....

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Chris, under the law it is kidnapping but when you apply common sense (something our laws seriously lack at times) it makes no sense to charge him so seriously. Yes, hit and run, leaving the scene, etc, but not a felony that could well imprison him for life.

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

Sorry Kate he forced the girl in the car that is kidnapping.

JimTom
JimTom

She siad no to getting in the car and then he forced her in the car, what part does Westword think is not kidnapping? "But for future reference, one's Good Samaritan reputation isn't enhanced byleaving the scene." A good samaritan? didn't he hit her to begin with? I used to read the onion for stupid articles but it hard to find, now I just pickup a Westword. Pot ads and stupid articles all in one!

Kate Honas
Kate Honas

No, it seems like he wanted to help but panicked and then thought dropping her off at a gas station would at least be better than leaving her alone in the street. A hit and run is still warranted, but not kidnapping since I don't think that was ever his intention.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@chrisestus  It's obvious you haven't opened the Post anytime of late .....

We ARE talking about Arapahoe county !

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