Video: See SUV that killed kids Za May Khan, Ah Zet Khan in 14th and Yosemite hit-and-run
March 22 was a brutal night -- snow, sleet, chilly temperatures -- and no doubt mom Zama Bee Khan wanted to get her two kids, Za May, eight, and Ah Zet, six, out of the cold and into the warmth. But she never got the chance. As she crossed the street at 14th and Yosemite at around 7:55 p.m., an SUV barreled through the intersection, striking the stroller in which the boys were riding. They were both killed, and their mother was seriously injured. The Denver Police Department has now released photos and videos from the scene. See both and get more details below.
Photos, videos below.
The progress of the investigation can be followed via the DPD's Twitter feed. Here's one of the early tweets....
BREAKING: Auto/Ped Hit & run at 14th & Yosemite involving 2 children, both transported to Children's Hospital. Stay here for updates.— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) March 23, 2013
...followed by a message about the kids' fate.
UPDATE: H/R Auto/Ped- 2 children (< 5 YO) have died and one unresponsive adult female has been transported to DHMC. #headsupdenver— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) March 23, 2013
Shortly thereafter came this description of the vehicle suspected of striking the family -- and dragging the stroller behind it as it fled the scene.
UPDATE: DPD looking for White OR Silver SUV Cadillac or Tacoma Pickup in H/R at 14th & Yosemite.— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) March 23, 2013
This photo from the investigation offers an indication of the terrible conditions that night:
Picture at the scene of H/R Auto/Ped at 14th & Yosemite. twitter.com/DenverPolice/s...— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) March 23, 2013
The DPD also sent out a blast asking for help from folks likely to have been on the road in the vicinity at the time of the crash....
MEDINA ALERT: DPD calling all cab and RTD drivers to be on lookout for susp veh in H/R Auto/Ped at 14th Yosemite. White/Silver SUV or Pickup— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) March 23, 2013
...and offered this simple plea:
HEADS UP: Drvrs slw down & pay attention, bikes obey all traffc laws, pedestrians cross at the corner WITH the signal.Watch 4 each other!— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) March 23, 2013
In the days that followed, police learned that surveillance cameras didn't capture the accident itself -- but there is footage of what's thought to be the vehicle whose driver took two lives. Here's one shot....
Anyone with information about this vehicle or the crime in general is encouraged to phone the DPD Traffic Investigations Bureau at 720-337-1000 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867), which is offering up to a $2,000 reward in the case.
In the meantime, check out a DPD video of a briefing in the case, followed by a 9News featuring the surveillance footage.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Video: Erin Jackson, busted in East High hit-and-run, is a teacher and slam poet."