3 Killed in Hit & Run

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 36-year-old Westminster man was ordered held on $250,000 bond Sunday morning in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Denver's shopping and entertainment district that left three members of a family dead.

Magistrate Beth Faragher also ordered Lawrence Trujillo to stay away from the surviving member of the family, Frank Bingham. Bingham is hospitalized at Denver Health Medical Center in fair condition.

Trujillo was charged with three counts of vehicular homicide involving driving under the influence, three counts of leaving the scene of an accident and other charges.

A second defendant, 35-year-old Eric Snell, also of Westminster, was ordered held on $25,000. His lawyer, Jesse Wiens, said the charge against his client has not been specified. A police statement Saturday said Snell was an accessory.

The defendants were not asked to make a plea. And the next court date was not set.

Trujillo was allegedly driving a red pickup that ran a red light in downtown Denver on Friday night, killing Becca Bingham and her two children, four-year-old Macie and two-year-old Garrison. Both were riding in a stroller.

Witnesses said the truck was driving at a high speed. The collision knocked off the license plate, helping police track down the suspects.

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