Oswaldo Lopez allegedly street racing when he killed Mikey Espinoza in hit-and-run
Update: More information has surfaced about the Sunday hit and run that killed an eleven year old; see our earlier coverage below.
Big photos, videos 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.
Mikey's bereaved family members told 7News the boy was lively, active and loved skateboarding -- in other words, a typical eleven year old.
The crash site, in an image from 7News coverage.
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....
A family photo of Mikey Espinoza.
...when he was struck by a vehicle said to have been traveling at approximately sixty miles per hour.
The Denny's on Federal.
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....
...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."
The bumper left behind at the scene.
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.