Oswaldo Lopez allegedly street racing when he killed Mikey Espinoza in hit-and-run

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos, videos below.
Update: More information has surfaced about the Sunday hit and run that killed an eleven year old; see our earlier coverage below.

We previously knew the identity of the man said to have fatally struck the child and fled the scene: Oswaldo Lopez. But the loved ones of the victim, Mikey Espinoza, say that Lopez was street racing at the time of impact -- and he was busted for reckless driving just two short months ago.

Photos, video and details below.

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The crash site, in an image from 7News coverage.
Mikey's bereaved family members told 7News the boy was lively, active and loved skateboarding -- in other words, a typical eleven year old.

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A family photo of Mikey Espinoza.
But then, around 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, he was crossing the street after eating at a Federal Boulevard Denny's restaurant with his fourteen-year-old cousin....

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The Denny's on Federal.
...when he was struck by a vehicle said to have been traveling at approximately sixty miles per hour.

Why so fast? Although Denver police haven't offered an explanation yet, Mikey's relatives say the car was racing a motorcycle when it slammed into the boy -- and just kept going.

Tracking down the owner of the car was a snap. Not only was a portion of the bumper dislodged....

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The bumper left behind at the scene.
...but the license plate also wound up on the pavement along with Espinoza, who the Denver coroner's office says died of "multiple blunt injuries."

Lopez was tracked to his residence in Aurora and taken into custody before night's end -- and 7News notes that he's been through this drill before. The station reveals that he was busted for reckless driving two months ago and had been ordered to take a safe driving class by the first week of March.

Now, he's got other things on his agenda. He's slated to make his first court appearance today to hear charges against him that include reckless driving, again, and vehicular homicide.

As for the Espinoza family, members plan to stage a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. tonight near the spot where Mikey lost his life.

Here's the latest 7News report, followed by our initial report.

Continue for our previous coverage, including photos and video.


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Keith A. Badje
Keith A. Badje

8PM! The day before a holiday! How dare an 11 and 14 year old be out in public at that time! For a serious answer: given demographics of the area, there's a good chance the parents have no car. Also, up until maybe 10-15 years ago, it was normal for kids to go out and play without parents around until 9 or 10 at night. Don't blame the victim.

Whitney Thrasher
Whitney Thrasher

This is a sad story, the man should not have been racing, but why were these parents letting their CHILDREN walk and skateboard at 8 pm?

Rick Benitez
Rick Benitez

he can race his little rice burner from behind bars. fuck this guy. gorace in hell

Annalise Ackelson
Annalise Ackelson

Such a sad story. Every single day on the road i see people speeding like crazy. Why the rush? Whys everyone in such a damn hurry all the time?

Alexandra Monique Inda Escobedo
Alexandra Monique Inda Escobedo

@ Daisy Rothschild.I agree with you. I tell my teen that he needs to wear something colorful or bright when walking at night. Sometimes we think we are faster then the automotive and we are wrong. The street lighting really sucks too

Sam Smith
Sam Smith

Actually I'm quite educated on the subject! Before spouting your mouth, maybe you should do your research. Or... Are you afraid that your lack of obtaining insurance will cause you further problems if the laws change?

Sam Smith
Sam Smith

Colorado needs stronger east coast style insurance laws.

Amber Rae Schultes
Amber Rae Schultes

Seriously Westwood.... How many weeks is this internet troll just going to be allowed to post outrageous bullshit?? What does it take for u to block that sob??

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Would the child be any less dead if the driver didn't "run" ?



Anthony Irlando
Anthony Irlando

I think the street lights in Denver and Lakewood are too dark. Make them l.e.d and Solar powered. Safety will cost more then funerals

Jenny Geiser
Jenny Geiser

DUI/DUID, invalid or no driver license, no car insurance, driving a stolen car, hoping for no witnesses, doesn't care about anyone else, etc.

Laura Chrisler-Matheney
Laura Chrisler-Matheney

Jay.... Sterling isn't real... Go into the actual article and start flagging his posts as spam or offensive.

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Sterling is fat, ugly and has body odor.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Keith A. Badje  "Also, up until maybe 10-15 years ago, it was normal for kids to go out and play without parents around until 9 or 10 at night. "


1) that was then, this is now


2) kids who play in the street, after dark, end up as another data set proving the theory of Natural Selection.


hth.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Very passionate post, Keith. We're going to highlight it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Whitney.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Very good questions, Annalise. Thanks for posting.

ItsTheBeesKnees
ItsTheBeesKnees

Because Mexicans are invading our country by the thousands and bringing their welfare loving, socialist ideas with them.

ItsTheBeesKnees
ItsTheBeesKnees

You're not allowed to call criminal aliens 'illegal' anymore, even when they murder, rape, and rob U.S. citizens on a daily basis. It's just not trendy enough for Obama's commie crowd......

principedeegypto
principedeegypto

He doesn't look illegal to me, obviously he had a driver license because he was in court before, to me it looks like he was born and raised here with no manners and no respect for others like this country teaches kids. The shootings in public schools and at the Aurora theater were done by white people so stop your racism.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... a lot of bald-headed obese white trash spewing bullshit.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for coming up with an idea for at least a partial way to make this sad situation better, Anthony. Much appreciated.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... your whiny bitchery is offensive.


Who is forcing you to read his posts?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ItsTheBeesKnees  ... like you lowlife white trash Europeans invaded America bringing smallpox, greed, guns and slavery.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ItsTheBeesKnees  ... U$ citizens commit far more MURDERS, RAPES and ROBBERIES here than the undocumented and documented immigrants combined.


Did your mother raise you to be an ignorant hateful bigot, or is that a skill you developed on your own?



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay               That makes at least two of you.  

Your government school education at work.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stanley1 ... awww, lookie here, the little Reichtard got his Lederhosen all twisted up his Arschloch.


LOL!


stanley1
stanley1

@ItsTheBeesKnees @DonkeyHotay  Yeah....cuz that was nowhere else, right you little pussy Ward Churchill? We also brought the world unprecedented prosperity, innovation, and freedom from leftist cunts like you.....so worthless fucking scumbags like yourself can sit in your basement all day, collect welfare, and bitch about how shitty everything is. Fucking punk bitch.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ItsTheBeesKnees "eventually sneak a bomb into the country through Arizona or Texas?"


Why bother? Timothy McVeigh -- a U$ citizen and decorated Soldier -- built the largest most deadly bomb ever used in a domestic act of terrorism from simple U$ made farm fertilizer and diesel fuel.


hth.


ItsTheBeesKnees
ItsTheBeesKnees

@DonkeyHotay @ItsTheBeesKnees  You lib-tards love the 'invasion' of new Obama voters running across the border, huh? Conservatives LOVE the free labor, too. It's a win-win for both corrupt America-hating parties. What happens when your little commie, welfare sucking low-lifes eventually sneak a bomb into the country through Arizona or Texas? Oh wait. Thats right. That would be another WIN for the police state. Carry on.

stanley1
stanley1

@DonkeyHotay @ItsTheBeesKnees You're right about that.....the vast majority of violent crime is committed in the inner cities by legal US citizens of color....also Obama's biggest voting blocs. Facts suck, eh you little piece of shit?

ItsTheBeesKnees
ItsTheBeesKnees

@DonkeyHotay @ItsTheBeesKnees  Our prisons are bursting with illegal aliens. Your facts seems to be out of order. The vermin don't get a 'pass' on immigration laws if they can prove someone 'else' committed MORE crimes than they did while they were here. What a stupid and telling argument you have there.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stanley1  " all the while ignoring the fact that every 3rd or 4th post of your [sic] contains an error."


Epic 'tard FAIL!

stanley1
stanley1

@DonkeyHotay @hideaway159  Nice response to getting your stupid ass handed to you, little bitch. Quick! Hammer someone's grammar/spelling, all the while ignoring the fact that every 3rd or 4th post of your contains an error. Oh, but you always go back and correct those, dont you, little 

fucking punk pussy? Squirrel!!


For someone who routinely claims intellectual superiority (hilariously), you sure are stroking room temp IQ status. Go look up solar power, jackoff.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Maybe you can find a solar powered spell checker.

Lolz!

hideaway159
hideaway159

@DonkeyHotay @hideaway159  Oh NO! I use and instead of an. If that makes you're day run smother than by all meens you can has it. Still doesnt change the fact that you has and Epic Idiot FAIL of you're own. So your no better then I. Welcome too the Epic Idiot FAIL club Donkey.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hideaway159 "I assumed you were and [sic] idiot but nice to know I was spot on."


Epic Idiot FAIL!

hideaway159
hideaway159

@DonkeyHotay ,  I assumed you were and idiot but nice to know I was spot on. You do realize solar energy can be captured and stored for later use. Did you think that people who power their homes with solar energy were just $hit out of luck once the sun went down? That's adorable.

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