DENVER - Colorado House Representative Kathleen Conti (R-Littleton) formally asked her Democratic colleagues Friday for permission to introduce a late session bill to address what she believes to be a problem with the current statute of limitations for hit-and-runs.
Following a series of reports by 9Wants to Know on the topic of hit-and-runs, Rep. Conti told 9Wants to Know investigator Chris Vanderveen she would take a closer look at the 3-year statute of limitations for leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury and the 5-year statute of limitations for leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
As 9Wants to Know was first to report, Denver Police have acknowledged there is essentially no way to make an arrest in the hit-and-run case of Laurie Gorham Sherlock in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood in December of 2010 because the statute of limitations has run out. Gorham-Sherlock was pregnant when an unknown driver hit her while she was crossing the road at East 29th Avenue and Central Park Boulevard. Doctors tried to save her baby but were unsuccessful.
Denver Police told Vanderveen they were frustrated by the law that prevented them from making an arrest even if someone called them with critical information three years and two months after the hit-and-run.
Rep. Conti said on Friday she formally submitted a request to Colorado House Speaker Mark Farrandino to introduce a bill that would get rid of the statute of limitations for fatal hit-and-runs and raise the timeline substantially for hit-and-runs involving serious injury.
It's unclear if Democrats, who control both the Senate and the House, will accept Rep. Conti's proposal.