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Gerry Julien, fifteen, killed in apparent street-racing hit and run, arrests pending

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Photos, video below.
If you had to choose an ideal place and time for street racing in the Denver metro area, would you pick Kipling just shy of 10 p.m. on a Saturday night?

Most of those with an I.Q. over fifty probably would answer "no." But a pair of drivers apparently decided such a stunt was a good idea -- and as a result, Gerard "Gerry" Julien, a fifteen-year-old aspiring Navy SEAL who was jogging in the area, is dead, the victim of a hit and run.

Photos, a video and details below.

The website of Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, lists Julien, of Scotts Valley, California, as one of 69 plebes joining the MMA cadet corps at the start of the 2012-2013 school year; the photo above is from the parade introducing them. Also featured in 7News' coverage of the tragedy is a shot of Julien playing football....

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...and taking part in training activities:

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But young Julien's dreams of the future were short-circuited this past weekend in Lakewood, where he was visiting family who live in the area. At approximately 9:55 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Colorado State Patrol, a jogger later identified as Julien was crossing Kipling at West Asbury Avenue, just south of West Jewell Avenue, when two vehicles -- a red or orange Chrysler PT Cruiser and a black sedan -- roared through the area in what appeared to be a street race.

It's believed that the PT Cruiser struck Julien.

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The deadly intersection.
It's not as if the driver didn't know he or she had come into contact with someone or something. The violence of the impact is epitomized by suspected damage to its front grill, hood, windshield and roof. Yet neither the PT Cruiser nor the sedan stopped at the scene of the accident.

Julien was transported to St. Anthony's Central Hospital with serious injuries, and he failed to respond to treatment.

No arrests have been made at this point, but that appears to only be a matter of time. The state patrol notes that the PT Cruiser in question has been located, and its driver identified, following a tip from a family member of the person who'd been behind the wheel.

Thus far, that individual has not been publicly named, and there's no info yet on the sedan or its driver. The investigation continues as Julien's family mourns an unimaginable shock. Our condolences to his friends and loved ones.

Here's the 7News report:

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Gregory Hauptmann busted in David Hernandez hit-and-run after taking car for repair."

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17 comments
afriendoflittlegerry
afriendoflittlegerry

Little Gerry was a kid that did a lot in his short life that was taken needlessly from this earth in a stupid accident. And to the morons poking fun at the tragedy, you really need to grow up and join society. Your words honestly have no place here, and it is because you live in America and are protected by the constitution and young brave men and women who protect your freedoms, you are even allowed to voice your thoughts, as heartless and inappropriate as they are.

Time to grow up,

mason.hendricks1776
mason.hendricks1776

To all you mother fuckers leaving smart ass comments...Fuck you. Julien was in my Platoon at our military school. Go to hell Inconsiderate assholes

riversrrr
riversrrr

To Donkey and Juan,

You should keep your gross and ill made comments out of something this serious.The death of a child is not to be made fun of.Im sorry that you have not been taught proper ediquet but please direct it towards the people that raised you, not a family in pain

ronniedcb
ronniedcb

This is a tragic loss.  I was his strength and conditioning trainer for a while when he lived in California.  He was a great kid with an incredible work ethic even at 12 years old.  I pushed him hard and he always gave his all and came back eager for more.

It's heartbreaking that we will never be able to see him live up to his potential because of the carelessness of other people.  


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The suspense is 'killing me'!

Who won the race ?!?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If they had hit, but not run, would he be any less dead?

Laws that require suspects to remain at the scene of the crime violate the 5th Amendment protections against self-incrimination.

Do we have laws that require Robbers or Rapists to "remain at the scene" of their crime?


mj_s
mj_s

Such a waste of a positive life....Thoughts and Prayers to his family....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@ronniedcb Use this as an act of inspiration for other young minds to follow ...

mason.hendricks1776
mason.hendricks1776

Fuck you, Julien was in my platoon at our military school. Please burn in hell

riversrrr
riversrrr

You should really keep your ill style of joking, out of conversations that involved the death of a child....please at least show some respect for the family...

JimP
JimP

@DonkeyHotayWhy don't you go out and hit someone with your car, drive off then try arguing that in court? See how far it gets you.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@mj_s We echo your thoughts, mj_s. Thanks for posting.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@riversrrr ... nonsense!

If you don't like what I write, then don't read it.


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