LAKEWOOD - The Colorado State Patrol says a tip led them to the driver who they believe hit and killed a teenage boy who was jogging late Saturday evening.
At 9:55 p.m., 15 year old Gerard "Gerry" Julien was hit near the intersection of South Kipling Parkway and West Asbury Avenue. Troopers say he was in Colorado visiting his family for the summer.
Sunday afternoon Julien's family released a statement. His parents say he attended Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas and had aspirations to become a Navy Seal or Air Force pilot.
They also say he was active in church and volunteered regularly.
CSP says witnesses reported seeing two cars racing at the time of the crash. The first vehicle is described as a red or orange Chrysler PT Cruiser and the other as a black sedan.
Troopers say a tip from a family member led them to the driver of the PT Cruiser. The driver is described as an adult male. The State Patrol will not name him yet, because he hasn't been charged. According to State Patrol, they won't normally make an arrest in a hit-and-run until the investigation is complete.
"It's our belief that one of the vehicles may have ran a red light in the area. There were no red light cameras on the intersections that are close to this crash. But, the jogger was actually in the cross walk on the south side of West Asbury Street crossing Kipling and had the right of way," Heather Cobler, spokesperson for Colorado State Patrol said.
Neither vehicle stopped to help Julien. He was transported to St. Anthony's Central Hospital where he died.
Investigators want to remind drivers that additional charges are added on or incurred when leaving the scene of any accident.
CSP is still asking anyone with information about the crash, or the black sedan that was also seen in the area, to contact the Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501.
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