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Police: Hit-run suspect said he was racing

By: Associated Press
February 19, 2014 Updated: February 19, 2014 at 7:47 am
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DENVER — A man suspected in the hit-and-run death of an 11-year-old boy in Denver told investigators he was racing against a motorcycle, according to a court document made public Tuesday.

Oswaldo Lopez, 21, appeared in court Tuesday to be formally advised that he faces possible charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Court records did not list a defense attorney. He has not been formally charged so he has not entered a plea.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/kkslv6e ) that police said in a statement of probable cause that Lopez told them he was racing at the time the boy was hit Sunday night.

Police have said the car was moving 60 mph when it struck Michael Espinoza.

The boy was crossing busy Federal Boulevard. His family says he was walking home from a Denny's restaurant with his 14-year-old cousin.

Lopez was arrested Sunday at his home in suburban Aurora. Police said his license plate and pieces of his car were found on the street where the fifth-grader was hit.

In court Tuesday, Lopez gave a slight wave to his supporters, who declined to comment.

Michael's aunt, Gwen Talamantes Espinoza, sobbed loudly during the hearing, but Lopez didn't appear to respond.

"I wanted him to at least say, 'I'm sorry,'" she said.

The death is the second fatal hit-and-run crash in Denver this year, according to city police records. There have been a total of 775 hit-and-runs in the city since Jan. 1, up from 733 during the same period last year.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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