Latoya Nelson busted in hit-and-run that killed Charlie Herrera, 85, at 13th and Kalamath

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos, video below.
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.

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.

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A Denver police sergeant conducted the news conference about the arrest of Latoya Nelson.
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.

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.

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Latoya Nelson.

Continue for our previous coverage of the hit-and-run at 13th and Kalamath.


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31 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "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."

Why not make leaving the scene of any crime an additional felony?

Think how much easier it would be for cops to catch the perps if they were all required to remain at the scene.

Alec Revelle
Alec Revelle

I guess she wont be able to show off her gold tooth with that neck brace on...hopefully they will throw the book at her and if we are llucky, will knock out that gold tooth...

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

Hit and run is such a selfish cowardly thing to do. I'm glad this is a felony now.

Sean McGuire
Sean McGuire

this is why I tend to avoid driving in Denver, too many crazed bitches

Joni Chavez-Archuleta
Joni Chavez-Archuleta

This woman's actions took the life of one of my dearest friend's Dad. I have no words, this is devastating.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Westword why isn't this on your murder count? Murder with a car isn't as bad as murder with a gun?

Daphne Medina
Daphne Medina

a 13 year old got hit last night and died..another hit and run. WTF?!?!

Chris Bastian
Chris Bastian

Guess the sentence for hit and run needs to be more severe?

Donna Neville
Donna Neville

What in the hill is wrong with people now-a-days?

Claudia Rico
Claudia Rico

How sad, what the hell is wrong with people? No hope for humanity!!

Dave Shuck
Dave Shuck

"Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce. Special orders don't upset us."

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

What do you expect when personal accountability is systematically destroyed in our society?

Jacob Ryan
Jacob Ryan

Poor old man. Have fun in jail stupid ass chick. All over the pickles on your whopper

Gary Givant
Gary Givant

What in the hell is going on here in our city with all of these hit and runs!?

Bill Knox
Bill Knox

Glad they've made an arrest ...the amount of hit-and-runs in this area over the past few years is beyond embarrassing

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Justin Jones  ... why?

What difference does it make to the victim, they're DEAD anyway.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom ... when was the last time you drove your gun to work?


But since you simpering gun loons insist on conflating your precious pistols with motor vehicles, then lets require the same REGISTRATION, LICENSING and INSURANCE for all your guns that are required of motor vehicles.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Chris Bastian  ... which will ensure that MORE people run.

Idiot.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

The second admendment doesn't say anything about cars, registration, licensing or insurance. I am just asking the question of Westword why this doesn't count in their running murder count?

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

So we should reduce the pentalty? That makes sense idiot!!!

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

I'm not so specific, I hate everyone not just certain races.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Truth asshole.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

You might ask my black son-in-law.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom ... I'd bet that your acquaintances and family identify you as a racist, in spite of your pathetic attempts to veil it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom ... perhaps because it isn't "murder" under the law?


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@JimTom You make a good point, JimTom. Since we started our Mile High Murder archive, we've tried to stick with actual murder counts, as opposed to manslaughter, vehicular homicide, etc. But we'll definitely consider adding incidents like this one. Thanks.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

I will make you a bet that the driver had none of the 3 on her getto car.

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