Gregory Hauptmann busted in David Hernandez hit-and-run after taking car for repair
Update: Earlier this week, we recounted a sad story about the passing of David Hernandez, who'd lingered in a coma for days after being struck while riding his bicycle before finally succumbing to his catastrophic injuries.
Big photo below.
As for the person who struck Hernandez, he hit and ran; see our previous coverage below.
Now, an arrest has been made in the case, with Gregory Hauptmann, 41, facing two serious charges. And what led to the bust? A trip to a body shop.
As we've reported, Hernandez was riding his bike home from work along the 9900 block of Westminster Boulevard at about 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, when a vehicle struck him and kept going, even though the mangled two-wheeler appears to have been dragged 1,000 feet from the spot of impact.
Here's an interactive graphic of the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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A passerby found Hernandez gravely wounded in the middle of the road, and thanks to his efforts, and that of a Westminster police officer who responded to the 911 call, he reached a nearby hospital alive.
Unfortunately, the damage was too great. He died this past weekend.
His passing caused investigators to redouble their efforts to find the person responsible for Hernandez's death -- and they had some physical evidence to assist them.
It proved vital. According to the Westminster Police Department, detectives were able to identify the make and model of the lethal ride through evidence reconstruction and assorted material left behind at the scene. They then found a vehicle that matched the description at a local body shop. It was awaiting repair.
Had Hauptmann also made an insurance claim on the vehicle? That's unconfirmed at this time.
Whatever the case, Hauptmann has been charged with failure to remain at the scene or give information/aid in an accident resulting in death, a felony, and failure to notify police of an accident, a misdemeanor. At last report, he was in custody at the Jefferson County Detention Facility.
Here's a larger look at Hauptmann's booking photo, followed by our previous reporting.
Continue for our previous coverage after the David Hernandez hit-and-run, including photos and video.