Gregory Hauptmann busted in David Hernandez hit-and-run after taking car for repair

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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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.

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.

David Hernandez.
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.

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Gregory Hauptmann.
Continue for our previous coverage after the David Hernandez hit-and-run, including photos and video.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Why isn't there a law mandating ALL Body Shops to require an ACCIDENT REPORT from the vehicle owners BEFORE they can commence any accident repair ... and/or to proactively notify police ALL of damaged vehicles brought in so they can check it through a Hit & Run Database?


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Had this occurred in Arapahoe county, it would be a 'Murder 1' filing,  along w/ at least a dozen additional charges insuring a conviction w/ a lengthy sentence to follow  ...! This dude is so pathetically stupid, I'm beyond glad he was caught !

HE BUSTED HIMSELF !!!!!

LOL !!!!!

KARMA PREVAILS !!!

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

First things first I hope this guy gets more than a year or two for being a jerk. Two lessons to be learned though. Do not ride your bike in traffic because we are over run by jerks that do not give a crap if they hit you. Second NEVER RIDE AFTER DARK IN TRAFFIC ON AN UNLIT STREET WITH NO LIGHTS ON OR AMPLE AMOUNT OF REFLECTORS. Not only is it common sense it is state law to ride with either lights on or full reflectors.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

There isn't an excuse for NOT stopping ! 

He DESERVES to be punished to the FULLEST extent of the law !!!

Zachary Nolan
Zachary Nolan

Oh but my story includes a responsible citizen driver. The driver no way could of not noticed, as the article said, possibility of the bike being caught under the vehicle

Zachary Nolan
Zachary Nolan

I know Bicycle laws are being cracked down upon. An exgirlfriend of mine hit a biker who was in the wrong lane with her car. She turned onto a street and hit him. She stopped though. The guy should not of left without making sure they are fine, she did stopped and he was sent to the hospital, really he was okay but he followed suggestion to go. It was all the bikers fault in this instance for not adhering to the laws but even though she was not in the "wrong" it is leaving a crime scene. Its unfortunate that this guy was fatally hit. Another biker was even there for a failure to stop ticket when she was called to court. I advocate that bikers fully know what laws are applicable to them to help even protect them as well.

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

Common sense........ Make yourself visible if you are going to ride a bike after dark on a road...... Yup common sense. Which he did not do. And again the stoner thing was to Jay but yet again you are too dumb to realize that.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

"Too bad the cyclist Darwin'd himself or he would be getting charges too." Right, because according to Mr. Miller here, failing to have a shiny decal is just as "egregious offense" as running down another individual (on bike or on foot) with a motor vehicle (while possibly under the influence of a certain intoxicating substance) and leaving him/her to die. Keep up with the false equivalence, Sean. (It's bad enough you abuse the term "self-Darwinization.") "And as you have no clue what actually happened why don't you just pipe down there little whiney ass." Neither do you, douchenozzle. Neither do you personally know the victim so to insinuate that he was "just like the typical stoner cyclist" ad nauseum is simply uncalled for. "Charges would have been filed in both directions if the guy lived yet you assclowns think it is only one persons fault." Um...the absolute worst that the victim had been "at fault" for would be a mere traffic violation. On the other end, fleeing the scene of a deadly accident? Class 3 FELONY. Once again, false equivalence, asswipe. Common fucking sense tells us that someone fleeing the scene of ANY traffic accident -- particularly one that results in serious bodily injury or even death -- does so because he/she has something to hide. Ruthlessly slamming the victim because he didn't have enough flashy things on his bike to your liking doesn't change this sobering reality....dickhead. Besides, it is doubtful that all of the bright lights and decals in the world would have saved this guy's life from what appears to be a raging douche behind the steering wheel. Again...go play in traffic...and "Darwinize" yourself.

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

You are right!!! good for you you get a gold star!!!! Too bad the cyclist Darwin'd himself or he would be getting charges too. If you look at his bike he has one reflector on the entire bike therefore he cannot be seen. And as you have no clue what actually happened why don't you just pipe down there little whiney ass. I know the laws of the road for cyclist as I ride A LOT! I also do not trust ANY cars when I ride either. Hence the reason for lights on my bike front and rear as well as reflective clothing. If you do not make yourself seen and you get hit it is never entirely the fault of the person who hit the cyclist. See here is the funny part that you the Crackhead and Jay the stoner do not get. Charges would have been filed in both directions if the guy lived yet you assclowns think it is only one persons fault. I personally hope they string the guy up when they catch him but to only blame one person for this accident is not only ignorant but also not how the law works.

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

Not defending a murderer. But you are too stoned and concentrating on munchies to feed your fat face to realize it is BOTH of their faults not just the driver. The driver will go to jail for a long time which he deserves but you are too dumb to realize that.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Notice how Mr. Miller here spews much of his bile via his mobile. I sincerely hope he isn't texting while driving, or some other poor sap ends up suffering the same fate as Mr. Hernandez. Come to think of it, it would not surprise me the least bit if Sean Miller here turned out to be the schmuck who ran down Mr. Hernandez after a few rounds at some shitty bar in north metro, considering how adamant he is to paint the victim as "equally responsible" as the cowardly hit-and-run driver. Hmm.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

"I am not blaming the victim only." You still blame the victim, nonetheless. I suppose using your rather fucked up "logic," had Mr. Hernandez been unemployed and, instead, been at home participating in flame wars on Lamebook threads, he'd still be alive today. Then again, you'd be bashing him for not having a job because that is what miserable little sods on the Interwebz like you do. "All in all the cyclist was not following the law and the person who hit him was not either. " False equivalence. And what is this supposed "agenda" that an alternative media source like Westword is attempting to foist upon the masses, Mr. Miller, other than the creation of your own warped imagination/paranoia/what-have-you? Derp!

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Hey, fuckwad. Failure to adhere to CRS 42-4-1601 trumps both of those. I love it when raging FB bullies fancy themselves as legal scholars. LMFAO

Jay Breese
Jay Breese

Oh boo fucking hoo. What the fuck are you going to do? I would whip your ass in a heartbeat if we got together. That ain't a threat, that's a fact! You defending a MURDERER makes you a criminal. Go ahead, let's expose you.

Jay Breese
Jay Breese

Thanks Manny for the backup. It's amazing how people can hide behind a keyboard and say the most vile things.

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

Manny and Jay. CRS 42-4-204 & 52-4-221

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

I am not blaming the victim only. But I guess that is only for people that can actually read. They are both to blame. I am just sick and tired if agenda having media only blaming one side when it is clearly both. And the stoner cyclist was towards Jay, but again that is for those that can actually comprehend English. All in all the cyclist was not following the law and the person who hit him was not either. So long story short they are both to blame not just one side. Was that in simple enough English for you Manny

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Gee, Sean, since you seem to crave so much attention, perhaps you should go play in traffic yourself and once the plug is pulled on you, Westword can publish a eulogy for your own crusty, self-entitled, suburbanite ass.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Jay, blaming the victim is increasingly becoming a pastime of the bloviating wing nut fringe of American society...and these are the ones who are often deploring others for not "taking responsibility." LuLz.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Oh, lookie! Another foaming at the mouth douchebag who wants to turn a story about a tragedy into a platform for spewing his own rather misguided moral indignation by smearing victim's character (which, itself, is based on his own idiotic stereotypical views of certain people) in spite of the fact that the victim was returning home from WORK. Yeah, so much for your phony caricature of the "clumsy stoner cyclist," fucking ass hat.

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

Btw threats while under the influence gets you mandatory time off of your precious weed bud. Probably your red card revoked too. Keep it up smart guy.

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

Typical liberal to threaten someone's life for asking needed questions. Do you think the cops are not asking the very same questions? Or is your brain so flooded with thc that you cannot grasp this simple fact. Go ahead threaten me again

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The driver was most likely impaired, explaining why he/she didn't stop . Here's something to consider, this poor man may have lived given immediate assistance . I fully relate to lying on the ground, bleeding to death, in the middle of the night . It's not fun . Fortunately, I was able to leave the hospital, made possible by the help I received from someone who DID stop .

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

What does fox news have to do with shitty agenda driven news? Local fox is far left wing or are you too dumb to realize this. And as an avid cyclist I know the dangers of riding. Especially when you do stupid things like not riding with lights at 11 at night.

Jay Breese
Jay Breese

I walk stoned asshole. Regardless, WTF does it matter to you how I commute? You're starting to piss me off motherfucker. STFU and show some respect or I'll find a car and run YOUR ass over!

Lauren Hoff
Lauren Hoff

What a sad story, as a bicycle commuter, stories like this hit close to home. I hope they find the person

Lauren Hoff
Lauren Hoff

Dont waste your time Jay, this person seems to have no concept of reality outside of his viewing of FOX news

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

How often do you drive or ride stoned there Jay? You know that is illegal too right!

Jay Breese
Jay Breese

Sean Miller you sound like a dick. It's important to understand that there is nothing protecting a bicyclist unlike a car driver. Also, a bicyclist doesn't run over a car and leave the victim helpless. This is a hit-and-run incident and you're blaming the victim. Let's see your ass splattered all over the asphalt someday while the drunken driver flees. It will be irrelevant to ask then if you were in the right "lane"

Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas

So sorry to hear this, he was a child of God and I pray he's resting in the Lord's Arms now.

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

Ok not to be a dick but what the hell is he doing riding after dark with no lights on? What lane was he in? Was he wearing earbuds as to not hear traffic.This is probably one of the worst written stories I have read. It is sad he lost his life but if he was doing something illegal which a majority of cyclists do then how is this only the fault of the vehicle driver as it is expressed in this POS of an article?

Tim Jay
Tim Jay

This was a cousin to a friend of mine, very, very sad!

GuestWho
GuestWho

@DonkeyHotay <<<<< Begs for an overbearing government and more burdemsome laws stemming from stupidity or malice.  The suspect was caught proving your pipe dream pointless.  Keep flailing farce.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... the 5th Amendment proscribes forced self-incrimination, which is what being required to remain at the scene of a crime is -- ipso facto.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Manny LaRue ... and how -- exactly -- does remaining at the scene of a FATAL accident bring the victim back to life?


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Jay Breese    I hope your children aren't reading this ....

bucksboogie
bucksboogie

@Jay Breese Damn straight Jay.  This feed is a fine example of why female trolls should swallow, thus stopping their genetics from passing on.  Or, at the very least, consume their young.  DonkeyHotay's mother was especially negligent, it only took a single check of the posts to come to that conclusion.  I hate to single anyone out, but Christ Almighty, the gene pool is screwed now.

fognl7
fognl7

@Sean Miller Serious question:  Where is the "agenda having?"  I see an article describing what happened based on the available information, with a request that anyone with more information call the police. 


fognl7
fognl7

@Juan_Leg  How can you conclude the driver was 'most likely impaired?' 

fognl7
fognl7

@Sean Miller Is it written anywhere that the cyclist did or did not have lights?  Maybe I missed it.  Of course, cyclists are required to have lights at night, but as far as I can see, it hasn't been stated one way or another.  

Regardless, the motorist is obligated to stay at the scene of an accident.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Jay Breese    < ------- My most sincere sympathies to his wife and children !

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Lauren Hoff Amen, Lauren. Thanks for the post.

fognl7
fognl7

@Sean Miller What?  Who was stoned?  What does that have to do with anything?  

 Somebody died...show some respect instead of speculative victim blaming.

fognl7
fognl7

@Sean Miller Do you know something not in the article?  I see nothing about ear buds, or suggestion that he was in the wrong lane.  Maybe consider the family before posting such hurtful speculation.

Harvey
Harvey

@Sean Miller "If he was doing something illegal which a majority of cyclists do"...reveals your bias.  How about some facts to back that up?  If you have none, then just saying "not to be a dick" will not prevent anyone from viewing you as a dick.  And another thing, when you hit something with your car, you don't have the right to leave the scene just because it's dark.  If the POS that left the scene had stayed, maybe he or she would have a fault defense, but because they ran, clearly they were at fault.  Innocent people don't run.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Tim Jay Our condolences, Tim. Thanks for the post.

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