Arrest Made in Deadly Hit and Run

By: AP/KCNC
By: AP/KCNC

Police have arrested a man in the hit-and-run death of an 11-year-old boy.

Denver Police Department spokesman says 21-year-old Oswaldo Lopez of Aurora is being held on suspicion of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

The boy, Michael Espinoza, died after the hit-and-run at an intersection west of downtown Denver around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Espinoza was reportedly walking home from a Denny's restaurant with his cousin when the accident happened. The family says the cousin saw the whole thing happen.

“He had the biggest heart. He loved everybody. He’d do anything for anybody,” Espinoza's father Brian Martinez told KKTV sister station KCNC.

“My cousin says that there was street racing going on. I was actually in a car passing by,” Espinoza’s sister Shaionnie Lopez said.

Lopez said their family is trying to deal with the sudden loss of Espinoza, a child who loved football and is known for having a good heart.

Police were reportedly able to trace the vehicle through a license plate number from evidence found at the scene.

Oswaldo Lopez doesn’t have a criminal history but is now facing charges for vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.


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