Latoya Nelson busted in hit-and-run that killed Charlie Herrera, 85, at 13th and Kalamath
Update: At a news conference moments ago, a Denver Police Department spokesman identified the woman arrested in a fatal hit-and-run that took place yesterday afternoon in the vicinity of 13th and Kalamath as Latoya Nelson, thirty.
Big photos, video below.
The victim in the case has also been ID'd. He was Charlie Herrera, 85, and he was alone in the vehicle at the time he was allegedly struck by Nelson. The police emphasize that he was not disobeying any traffic laws prior to the collision that took his life.
According to the DPD, Nelson was arrested during what's described as a routine traffic stop last night around 11 p.m. in the vicinity of 31st and California. She was in a vehicle that was not registered in her name, and she wasn't alone. However, the cops are not saying at this point if she was driving or a passenger, and neither are they sharing any other details.
It appears the car Nelson is said to have been driving at the time of yesterday's crash wasn't hers, either. But again, the cops are keeping specifics about the actual owner and his or her connection to Nelson quiet at this point, citing the ongoing investigation.
A Denver police sergeant conducted the news conference about the arrest of Latoya Nelson.
The sergeant who conducted the news conference that ended moments ago spent nearly as much time talking about the ongoing search for a white or silver SUV in another hit and run -- a Friday crash at 14th and Yosemite that killed two children, Za May Khan, eight, and Az Zet Khan, five -- as the current case. He stresses that tips are still coming in about that incident, but notes that the enormous number of vehicles fitting the general description of the SUV in the metro area has made running down every tip a challenge.
As for why Nelson fled from the scene on foot (her vehicle was disabled in the crash), the sergeant was mum. But in general, he suggested that hit-and-run drivers may split because they're impaired by alcohol or drugs, they are wanted by police for other offenses, or a variety of other reasons. By hitting the road, though, they're now committing a felony; in the last year, the Colorado legislature bumped up the penalty for leaving the scene of a fatal or serious accident from its previous misdemeanor status.
Here's a larger look at Nelson's mug shot -- as you can see, she's wearing a neck brace -- as well as a 9News video about the 14th and Yosemite hit-and-run, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage of the hit-and-run at 13th and Kalamath.