Arrest made in deadly Denver hit-and-run involving a Winnebago

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DENVER (KKTV) - A 67-year-old man is accused of hitting and killing a woman with a Winnebago and then fleeing the scene, prompting a statewide alert as authorities searched for him.

The victim was walking by the intersection of Jewell Avenue and Tejon Street in southwest Denver Wednesday afternoon when the Winnebago barreled onto the sidewalk and hit her. She survived only long enough to reach the hospital. Police say instead of trying to help the dying woman, the driver kept going and was last seen heading east on Jewell.

The Denver Police Department issued a Medina Alert at 4:30 p.m.

The alert was canceled about four hours later when the Winnebago was found about a mile and a half from the crash site. Police announced Thursday that they had arrested Roosevelt Cribbs Jr. in connection with the hit-and-run.

A Medina Alert is generally issued in fatal or very serious hit-and-run crashes when there is a specific enough vehicle description such a whole license plate number, make or model partial, or a description of the driver.

The alert gets its name from Jose Medina, a valet driver killed in a hit-and-run crash in 2011 at the age of 21. A taxi driver who witnessed the event followed the driver and was able to get a license plate number to police, leading to that driver's arrest.