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Suspect In Deadly Hit-And-Run Appears Before Judge

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Plouvier at his video advisement, Dec. 10, 2013.

Plouvier at his video advisement, Dec. 10, 2013.

Crash site on Highway 115, Dec. 8, 2013
Crash site on Highway 115, Dec. 8, 2013

A Facebook page has been created to show support to the suspect in a deadly hit-and-run crash.

The page "Justice for Jesse Plouvier," says it was set up "to bring to light the character and goodness of Jesse Plouvier."

Plouvier appeared before a judge Wednesday to hear the charges against him. He made his appearance via video from the jail.

Authorities say he was captured thanks to a tip and a collaborative effort between multiple agencies.

The deadly incident happened around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, when the El Paso County Sheriff's Office says a passenger involved in a rollover crash on Highway 115 was hit by another vehicle after the accident.

The passenger, identified as 33-year-old Ian G. Saj, had survived the initial rollover, and along with the two other occupants had gotten out of the vehicle to try to flag down help. EPSO says a passing motorist, identified as Jesse Plouvier, stopped at the crash site but refused to give the crash victims a ride, leading to a fight between Plouvier and the driver in the rollover.

After the fight, the crash victims continued trying to wave down help. During this time, authorities say a southbound vehicle crossed over into the northbound lanes where Saj was standing and hit him, then kept driving.

Thanks to a tip, authorities came to believe the hit-and-run driver was actually Plouvier. The arrest affidavit says Plouvier confessed to a college recruiter, who then called investigators.

Detectives with EPSO, with the help of several other agencies, executed a search warrant into Plouvier's home, then located and arrested him at a Canon City residence.

Investigators say Plouvier confessed when he was arrested.

Plouvier is being held at the Criminal Justice Center on a $100,000 bond.

State Patrol told 11 News Sunday that the combative crash victim was later taken into custody for DUI.

EPSO thanks Colorado State Patrol, Florence Police Department, Fremont County Sheriff's Office, and Canon City Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

Plouvier will be back in court on December 20. You can trust 11 News to let you know what happens.


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