Videos: Marshall Smith, 85, busted in hit-and-run death of Leanna Hund

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos, videos below.
Yesterday, we told you about the death of a Jefferson County deputy in a head-on collision with Kenneth Hosch, age 83, who has not yet been charged with a crime in the incident.

Another elderly driver, 85-year-old Marshall Smith, isn't so fortunate. Smith has been arrested in the hit-and-run death of Leanna Hund, 63, seen here with her husband, Harold Rivers.

Was Smith's age a factor in the crash? Photos, videos and more below.

At about 9:05 a.m. on January 9, according to the Denver Police Department, Hund was at the intersection of Colorado and Exposition, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map:"


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Hund was walking on the crosswalk from the west side of Colorado Boulevard to the east when a vehicle identified as a 1985 Chevrolet Impala struck her while turning south on Colorado from eastbound Exposition -- and just kept going. A 7News report notes that Hund was actually dragged under the vehicle.

A witness to the crime, Shannon Mellinger, rushed to aid Hund, who died from her injuries, and was able to give police good information about the Chevy.

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An image from the scene, courtesy of 7News.
Before long, cops traced the car to Smith's residence in south Denver. But an arrest wasn't imminent. In another 7News item, Rivers said the owner of the car "doesn't remember or denied being there."

That didn't placate Denver police investigators, who conducted what the department describes as "detailed forensic examination" on the car after impounding it. And yesterday, Smith was busted on suspicion of hit and run.

Look below to see the two 7News reports -- one from shortly after the crash, the second featuring a meeting between Rivers and Mellinger.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive: "Video: Kenneth Hosch, 83, behind wheel in crash that killed Jefferson County deputy."


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22 comments
Nicholas Medina
Nicholas Medina

Drivers over 75 need to be tested yearly, this is getting ridiculous...

Vicky Nokes
Vicky Nokes

This is why we need to have people retake the driving test every few years. There are those from all ages that should not have their license any longer! Also, that way, you couldn't call it age discrimination, as all ages would have to be retested.

Brian Aldrich
Brian Aldrich

Looks like that South Park episode, "Grey Dawn," is now based on a true story. But yes, retesting for people over 70 sounds fair for the sake of everybody, IMHO.

Mary Manning Schumacher
Mary Manning Schumacher

I like the story of how John McCain's mother and aunt couldn't rent a car in Europe at age 90 so they bought a new Mercedes. There are always people of every ability at any age and blanket statements about groups of people are discrimination now and always.

Ryan Darling
Ryan Darling

making laws based on empirical data is smart, not discriminating.

Ryan Darling
Ryan Darling

age limit.. if you can be too young to drive, then you can be too old to drive as well. Common sense.

Ken Lord
Ken Lord

Recognizing statistical likelihoods isn't demonization.

Marta Gonzales Occhiuzzo
Marta Gonzales Occhiuzzo

Just because we don't have as many retirees as Florida we should still have an age limit and they should have to take the test every year after a certain age, I'm fifty seven and I feel days I just am not up to speed.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

Yea we need to revoke old peoples driving rights

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

We're they high??? YOU KNOW how weed does. o_O

Kay Dirling
Kay Dirling

It's not discrimination to ensure a person is capable of handling a large and potentially deadly machine.

Chris Ricciardi
Chris Ricciardi

I agree. I see that too at my job. If they can barley walk,...they don't have the reaction time/speed, or muscle strength to slam on the breaks if needed.

Joe Weber
Joe Weber

There is especially nothing wrong with testing their driving skills if accidents like this happen 2 days in a row, get elders off the road! If we're being honest, elderly people driving scare the SHIT out of me...

Nancy Jean Reynolds Howe
Nancy Jean Reynolds Howe

Its not discrimination it is a fact that senior citizens cause more accidents then people under 20...It is a Fact that as you age your your reaction time vision, hearing all start to slow down..Driving is a privilege not a right and there is nothing wrong with testing senior citizens.

Britni Sumpter
Britni Sumpter

Bullshit! They should test EVERYONE over a certain age. I've seen people that can barely walk get into vehicles and drive away.. how safe is that? That's the same as drunk driving in my book..

Mary Manning Schumacher
Mary Manning Schumacher

There are people of all ages who have no business driving. Testing after age 70 could be helpful but I don't think a general demonization of older drivers is any more warranted than the same treatment of teenagers.

Chris Ricciardi
Chris Ricciardi

I agree with Jimmy. People over 60 start loosing their speed in motor skills, reaction time, and memory. How many more times is something like this going to happen, before something changes I wonder??

Chris Ricciardi
Chris Ricciardi

There is an age limit to start driving. There needs to be an age limit to STOP as well.

Jimmy Crane
Jimmy Crane

People over 60 should have to re test for their drivers license... You can retire but no one checks your eyes or motor skills

mjoott
mjoott

Plenty of people who can't walk drive just fine.

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